New Report Examines if Proactive Policing Is Effective in Preventing Crime – Nov. 9

Traditionally, the primary goal of the police is to identify and arrest offenders after crimes have been committed, but recently the police have started using proactive strategies to prevent or reduce crimes before they occur. 

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines whether these proactive policing strategies – such as stop question frisk (SQF), hot spots policing, broken windows policing, and closed circuit television (CCTV) policing – are effective in preventing or reducing crimes, impactful on the communities, applied in a discriminatory manner, and used in a legal fashion.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a webinar beginning 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 9.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies Proactive Policing: Effects on Crime and Communities will be available to reporters only starting at noon EST on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 9. To obtain copies, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail