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Actionable Items for Police Chiefs to Reduce Crime and to Respect Victims (post 30)

The praxis and science of smart policing confirms that policing can reduce crime significantly and enhance the response to crime victims if police leadership succeeds in making a significant shift from reaction to prevention.

Smart enforcement can reduce crime by keeping prolific offenders off the street. Smart policing can prevent urban and gang violence by partnering in sustained multi-sector strategies that combine enforcement with prevention.

Police leadership support for targeted social investments will prevent victimization. Enhancing the police response to crime victims will increase police effectiveness and public support.

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Smart Police Leadership will Enhance Response to Victims of Crime (post 29)

In the USA, 30% of persons, who were victims of crime that involved a weapon or injury, did not report the victimization to police in the period from 2006-2010. 65% of victims of sexual assault did not go to the police.

These statistics seriously question whether US law enforcement is doing enough to meet the needs of policing to have victims report. More importantly to me, these statistics suggest that much more could be done for policing to also meet the needs of victims.

Smart police leadership have the tools at hand to enhance their response to victims of crime. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has road tested a practical guide to enable police services to enhance their response to victims of crime without a huge investment of funds. Let´s use it.

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