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OJJDP Bulletin Presents Findings From Hot Spots Policing Study

October 14, 2011

Cover image of Hot Spots of Juvenile from Crime Findings From SeattleThe Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published " Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime: Findings From Seattle."

The bulletin provides the first examination of the distribution of officially recorded juvenile crime events in smaller geographical areas—such as a favorite gathering place in a mall, restaurant, or shop—rather than certain police precincts or beats, the larger areas usually patrolled by police. Between 1989 and 2002, researchers geographically mapped the crime incidents in which a juvenile was arrested in Seattle to identify the rates and hot spots of juvenile crime in the city. The OJJDP-funded study reveals that juvenile crime tends to concentrate in discrete areas where youth congregate, and that police resources are used most efficiently when law enforcement focuses specifically on these places to deter crime.

Resources:

"Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime: Findings From Seattle" (NCJ 231575) is available online at http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/Pub Abstract.asp?pubi=253637

Print copies can be ordered online from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. order print copy

 

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