directed patrol | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Policing

Directed patrol is a policing strategy in which officers are assigned to patrol specific areas or locations in an effort to deter or respond to crime.

Directed patrol can address specific crime problems or hot spots or provide a visible police presence in a particular area. Directed patrol can involve a variety of tactics, such as foot patrols, bike patrols, or vehicle patrols, and it may be used in combination with other policing strategies, such as problem-oriented policing or community policing. Directed patrol is often used as a proactive measure to prevent crime. It can effectively build relationships with the community and identify and address potential issues before they escalate.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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