Time and time again we test to find new and better ways to deploy daily
resources to get the best return on investment.
The results are seldom surprising.
Whether the metric be reduced crime, a perception of increased safety,
or an increase in the approval rating for the agency, the strategy
that is most often found to be the most successful usually involves the
same two words: community policing.
In 2009, the Philadelphia Police Department teamed up with Temple
University to examine what effect, if any, placing two-man foot patrol
teams would have in high crime areas. From the Courier Post:
What they found was that violent crime in
targeted areas decreased by 23 percent during that time as part of
what was dubbed the Philadelphia Foot Patrol Experiment. Arrests
increased 13 percent while reported drug-related incident detections
increased 15 percent.
A full article on the study can be found at the