Award Date

May 2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

William H. Sousa

Second Committee Member

Terance D. Miethe

Third Committee Member

Tamara D. Madensen

Fourth Committee Member

Andrew L. Spivak

Number of Pages

68

Abstract

As law enforcement agencies embrace technology, hot spots policing has enjoyed popularity. The esteem of the strategy is not without warrant, as many studies show its effectiveness. The policing strategy simply involves focusing police resources on a specific area or areas of concentrated crime. An abundance of policing tactics exists to address problems within these areas. Many studies tout significant crime reductions in hot spot areas, with some police treatments proving more effective than others. Other studies discuss trepidation regarding geographically focused police efforts. Therefore, law enforcement’s strategy in an area must involve careful consideration of the associated benefits and possible detriments of the focused policing efforts. This study provides a discussion and subsequent analysis of the use and effectiveness of saturation patrol in hot spots within Las Vegas, Nevada.

Keywords

hot spots policing; policing tactics; saturation patrol

Disciplines

Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice

Language

English


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