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Preventing Crime and Promoting Public Safety Choicework guide

There are a variety of strategies that can guide a police department in its efforts to prevent crime and promote public safety. Some of these strategies may be more effective for a given community than others. To help citizens better understand the range of strategies that police departments can use, the Public Agenda created this 2005 Citizen Choicework guide that reviews three key approaches: improving police procedures for solving serious crime; sweating the small stuff; and partnering with the community to fight crime.

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework guides and Discussion Starters outline several different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/public_safety.pdf

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