Did You Know?
The SARA Model
Police and Law Enforcement News
Friday, January 11, 2013 11:09 p.m.
In recent years, the
architects of the sergeant's exam deviated a bit from just the books
listed on the test announcement. Of the the topics they asked
about was the SARA Model.
SARA is an acronym
which stands for Scanning, Analysis, Responses, Assessment. It is
a problem solving method often used in law enforcement and community
On the exam,
candidates were asked to choose from four choices of words making up the
acronym. It wouldn't hurt to know a bit more about the concept.
Below is more
detailed description form the
for Problem Oriented Policing website:
recurring problems of concern to the public and the police.
consequences of the problem for the community and the police.
the problems exist.
frequently the problem occurs and how long it has been taking place.
problems for closer examination.
understanding the events and conditions that precede and accompany
relevant data to be collected.
is known about the problem type.
of how the problem is currently addressed and the strengths and
limitations of the current response.
scope of the problem as specifically as possible.
variety of resources that may be of assistance in developing a
deeper understanding of the problem.
working hypothesis about why the problem is occurring.
what other communities with similar problems have done.
the alternative interventions.
response plan and identifying responsible parties.
specific objectives for the response plan.
Carrying out the
whether the plan was implemented (a process evaluation).
and post–response qualitative and quantitative data.
whether broad goals and specific objectives were attained.
new strategies needed to augment the original plan.
ongoing assessment to ensure continued effectiveness.