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Rapid response is police strategy that opines that rapid responses to the scenes of crimes provides opportunity for arresting the offenders and thus deter crime. With advance in communication technology (telephone and police radio), immediate response hold that police are in a position to respond to scene of crime as soon as However, this strategy has some inherent weaknesses in that most of the crimes are discovered some time after they are committed (Cordner and Scarborough, 2010). Before the police are notified, culprits always have plenty of time to escape. In other instances that the police could have time to respond, citizens delay in calling the police thus giving the offender time to escape. Police Administration #2.
Patrol is strategy premised on the assumption that when police officers are out of the station and patrolling the main crime areas, they are in better chance to respond to crime. Their presence in the crime areas also acts as deterrence (Cordner and Scarborough, 2010). However, other than inducing confidence among the member of the public that a security officer is nearby, patrol have minimal effects in overall crime prevention. Patrol is more of a public relations strategy rather than a crime prevention strategy. Police Administration #2.
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Cordner, G & Scarborough, K.E. (7th eds) (2010). Police administration. New York: Elsevier. Police Administration #2.
Eck, J. E. & Weisburd, D. (2004). What can police do to reduce crime, disorder, and fear?. Washington, D.C. Hebrew University Law School.
Knutsson, J. & Tilley, N (2011). Evaluating crime reduction initiatives. New York: Lynne Renner Publishers. Police Administration #2.