They deal with citizens, often in private, and are charged with maintaining order and enforcing laws. Many of these laws are ambiguous and deal with situations in which the participants' conduct is in dispute.
Why have the police failed to make arrests in domestic violence situations?
Officers assume family conflicts are private matters, the victim is often uncooperative, and intervention is thought to be dangerous.
What is "incident-driven policing"?
Policing in which calls for service are the primary instigators of action.
What is "differential response"?
Policy that gives priority to calls according to whether an immediate or delayed response is warranted.
What is the basic measure of police productivity?
Clearance rate- the percentage of crimes known to the police that they believe they have solved through an arrest.
What are the three parts of the patrol function?
Answering calls for assistance, maintaining a police presence, probing suspicious circumstances.