One of the strongest bodies of police intervention research is on hot spots policing. Focusing police resources on very small and highly concentrated crime locations can work to reduce crime. But once hot spots are identified, what should officers do when they get to hot spots? How should they spend their time? What tactics and strategies should they implement? With the help of our partners in multiple police agencies, the MDP launches its “hot spots lab”, a place for exchanging ideas on how to implement this important research finding into practice in different types of jurisdictions.
The Micro-Places slab of our Evidence-Based Policing Matrix reflects interventions targeting very small geographic locations such as a block, street segment, alley, intersection, specific address or cluster of addresses.