Maguire, E. R., Uchida, C. D., Hassell, K. (2015). Problem-oriented policing in Colorado Springs: A content analysis of 753 cases. Crime and Delinquency, 61(1), 71-95.


Problem-oriented policing (POP) has generated substantial attention from practitioners, scholars, and policymakers.  A growing body of research is beginning to cast doubt on the extent to which this reform has been implemented in police agencies as prescribed by reformers.  This study presents findings from an analysis of problem-oriented policing in the Colorado Springs Police Department, one of the national leaders of problem-oriented policing in the USA.  The principal form of evidence is a systematic content analysis of case summaries and reports completed by police officers in 753 POP cases in Colorado Springs.  The results point to a set of common roadblocks in the implementation of POP, as well as more general patterns that seem to influence the implementation of police reform.

Year: 2015
Language: English
Type: Journal article
Topic: Policing, Organization theory, Measurement
Methodologies: Content analysis