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Investigative Efforts week 3 discussion 1

To fully understand what kinds of investigative efforts are being made by police to address real-world problems, select two individual problem solving guides from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing | Problem Guides and assess what police are using to succeed in their investigative and problem-solving efforts. Summarize then analyze both of the problem guides you selected, focusing on the positive aspects of the research. How can this information be utilized and applied in a law enforcement agency?

Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment is needed in Police Investigative Efforts. As police alone cannot solve or prevent crimes.  As stated in Peak (2012) “a partnership with the community is essential if the physical and social problems that plague communities are to be reduced or eliminated” (p.218).

Aggressive Driving and Abandoned Vehicles

Aggressive Driving can be described as driving dangerously without regarding the safety and courtesy of other persons and property(Laing C, 2010). Some of the things involved with aggressive driving include; speeding, racing, failing to signal among other things. Dangers of this crime include death and injuries due to car accidents.

Analysis of the problem can help you to better understand the factors contributing to it (Peak, 2012). Some of the factors that cause people to engage in aggressive driving include; frustration, demographics, individual traits and environmental conditions.

There are those who have an interest in aggressive driving As you gather information about that problem. According to (Laing, 2010, Stakeholders) “you should consider them for the contribution they might make to gathering information about the problem and responding to it” (par.1). Some of these are the elected officials, the media, private businesses,transportation safety advocates, and road constructors among stakeholders to name a few. Actions by the police are not often enough.

Asking the right questions can help you with choosing the appropriate response to the problem. One question is  how concerned is the community about aggressive driving?  Who are the ones that report the problem to the police?  Once you find out about the offenders, and victims, then locations and times Then you can try to deter Aggressive  driving by some of the following:  Enforcing traffic rules, surveillance technologies, or using automatic number plate recognition, CCTV. Although, there is no known number for the amount of traffic fatalities caused by aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving can also lead to road rage.  If a person is confronted by a aggressive driver thy need to get out of the way of that driver. Don’t look at them, ignore gestures, and  or verbal attacks. When it is safe stop and call the police, report  the aggressive driver.

“Efforts to address aggressive driving should include a review of your jurisdiction’s current regulatory environment. This will help determine whether police agencies have legislative authority to address aggressive driving effectively”  (Laing 2010). 

Abandoned Vehicles.

The other investigative method is the issue of abandoned vehicles. These are different types of nuisance vehicles that are left in public or private land (Maxfield, 2008). In the United States there are no estimates of the number of abandoned vehicles. Michigan adapted a statewide data system for tracking these vehicles. But, it is hard to keep a accurate count because there are so many.

Some of the factors that are considered to say a vehicle is abandoned include; its condition, the location it is found and length of time it has beenthere,Cost of safety and emissions compliance, Low-quality and”orphaned” vehicles, and natural disasters. According to Maxfield (2008) “Key West and other low-lying islands in the Florida Keys are further burdened when hurricanes or tropical storms damage many cars” (par.7).

These abandoned vehicles have some harm when left, and can be used for drug drops and obstruct street cleaning. Some of the factors that contribute to abandoned vehicles include; cost of operating and disposing of vehicles. However, “Most jurisdictions store abandoned vehicles for some period of time before destroying those of little or no value, or arranging for them to be sold” (Maxfield, 2008).

People who have a interest in this problem are the stakeholders local, state and federal agencies. We need to analyze a problem then we can come up with a response to solving the problem.

We also need to ask the right questions like the kind of locations they are being abandoned, and the number of incidents that are being reported, there are also environmental hazards to consider. There is also the towing of the vehicles.  “You should take measures of your problem before you implement responses, to determine how serious the problem is, and after you implement them, to determine whether they have been effective” (Maxfield, 2008, Measuring your effectiveness, par. 1).

While trying to clean up Erie County Pa, they conducted Experimental surveys were conducted to assess the scope of discarded vehicles on county roads. once implementing assortment and social control measures, follow-up observation surveys were completed four to 5 months later. “It is critical that you tailor responses to local circumstances, and that you can justify each response based on reliable analysis” (Maxfield, 2008).


Laing C, (2010), Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series No. 61:   Aggressive Driving.  Retrieved July 6, 2015,   fromhttp://www.popcenter.org/problems/PDFs/aggressive_driving.pdf

Peak, K. (2012). Policing America: Challenges and best practices (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education

Maxfield M.G, (2008), Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series No.   53: Abandoned Vehicles. Retrieved July 6, 2015,   fromhttp://www.popcenter.org/problems/PDFs/abandoned_vehicles.pdf

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