"The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to preventing problems and improving overall incident response, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. Neither do they cover all of the technical details about how to implement specific responses. The guides are written for police-of whatever rank or assignment- who must address the specific problems the guides cover. The guides will be most useful to officers who: Understand basic problem-oriented policing principles and methods, can look at problems in depth, are willing to consider new ways of doing police business, understand the value and the limits of research knowledge, are willing to work with other community agencies to find effective solutions to problems. The Response Guides summarize knowledge about whether police should use certain responses to address various crime and disorder problems, and about what effects they might expect. Each guide: Describes the response, discusses the various ways police might apply the response, explains how the response is designed to reduce crime and disorder, examines the research knowledge about the response, addresses potential criticisms and negative consequences that might flow from use of the response, describes how police have applied the response to specific crime and disorder problems, and with what effect."
Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Response Guides Series No. 10
United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov