Five Things Law Enforcement Executives Should Know
Date:  03-22-2013

Sometimes the simplest rules generate the best outcome
The National Institute of Justice has put together a list that allows law enforcement executives to have best-practices at their fingertips. The list was created by former a former director of the NIJ, John Laub, and byJim Bueerman, also formerly of the NIJ, and now president of the Police Foundation. Based on several years of research, Five Things Law Enforcement Executives Can Do to Make a Difference might seem simplistic, but these basic rules have proven to be successful.

  • Crime is rarely random; patrols shouldn't be either. Focusing on small geographic locations and times when crimes occur and targeting specific, high-impact repeat offenders can decrease crime.

  • Quality is more important than speed. In most cases, thorough investigations, problem solving and careful forensic evidence collection contribute more to arresting suspects than shaving a few seconds off of initial response times.

  • DNA works for property crimes, too. Collecting and using DNA evidence substantially increases the likelihood of solving property crimes -- leading to twice as many arrests and twice as many cases being accepted for prosecution than in non-DNA "traditional" investigations.

  • In police work, perceptions matter. When people see the police as fair, lawful and respectful, officers are safer and citizens are more likely to obey the law and comply with police orders.

  • Officer safety and wellness should be a priority. Safety training, certain shift lengths and using body armor prevents injuries and saves lives.

    The NIJ urges law enforcement executives to heed their finding to keep officers and the community safe, and to lower costs