Implementing and sustaining problem-oriented policing: A guide

Aiden Sidebottom, Stuart Kirby, Nick Tilley, Rachel Armitage, Matt Ashby, Karen Bullock, Gloria Laycock

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The police are often perceived as society’s safety net: constantly accessible, largely free at the point of delivery, and able to tackle all manner of crises. In recent years, spiralling demand coupled with reducing resources has put the police under considerable strain. To manage this challenge, whilst remaining true to a public service ethos, we must work differently. To this end, the case for prevention is compelling, both morally and economically as a means to reduce harm and police demand. However, whilst practitioners and academics worldwide find that a problem-solving methodology is an effective way to deliver preventive policing, they also point out that systematic implementation is difficult to achieve.

What you will find in this document is a summary of all that is known about establishing and maintaining problem-solving within a police organisation. It provides relevant and practical information to assist you in these challenging times.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherProblem Solving and Demand Reduction Programme
Commissioning bodyHome Office
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2020


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