Problem-oriented policing in public housing: The jersey city evaluation

Lorraine Green Mazerolle, Justin Ready, William Terrill, Elin Waring

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This paper examines the impact of a problem-oriented policing project on serious crime problems in six public housing sites in Jersey City, New Jersey. Representatives from the police department and the local housing authority, social service providers, and public housing tenants formed six problem-solving teams. Using systematic documentation of the teams’ activities and calls for police service, we examine changes in serious crime both across and within the six sites over a 2%-year period. We find that problem- oriented policing, as compared with traditional policing strategies used before the problem-oriented policing project, led to fewer serious crime calls for service over time and that two public housing sites in particular succeeded in reducing violent, property, and vehicle-related crimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-158
Number of pages30
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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