Maguire, E.R. (2010). “Taking Implementation Seriously: A Response to Mastrofski, Weisburd, and Braga.” Pp. 265-270 in Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy: Papers from the American Society of Criminology Conference, edited by N.A. Frost, J.D. Freilich, and T.R. Clear. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


In this invited essay, Professor Maguire provides a brief response to a policy proposal written by three well-known criminologists (Stephen Mastrofski, David Weisburd, and Anthony Braga).  Mastrofski, Weisburd, and Braga proposed that U.S. police agencies should be fundamentally restructured around the ideas of hot spots policing and that a national research effort should evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed reforms.  Professor Maguire draws on theories of organization and innovation in his critique, which raises questions about the capacity of American police to implement and sustain the proposed reforms with the intended fidelity and dosage.  He concludes that any national research agenda on hot spots policing should pay at least as much attention to implementation and sustainability as to effectiveness.

Year: 2010
Language: English
Type: Book chapter
Topic: Policing, Organization theory
Methodologies: Other