Course Information
Course title: Introduction To Problem Oriented Policing
Course number: POP1501
Course description: Problem-oriented policing (POP), coined by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Herman Goldstein, is a policing strategy that involves the identification and analysis of specific crime and disorder problems, in order to develop effective response strategies in conjunction with ongoing assessment. This strategy places emphasis on research and analysis as well as crime prevention and the engagement of public and private organizations in the reduction of community problems.

Problem-oriented policing has virtually replaced the "incident-driven" method of law enforcement in many agencies. The POP strategy is a commitment to empowering each individual officer with the authority to identify and proactively work on problems within his or her beat. This training introduce the POP concepts and will help officers become leaders in their agency and agents of positive change in the community.

Prerequisite(s): Students below the rank of sergeant must be enrolled by a supervisor.

Course Requirements
Introduction: This course is comprised of two training modules. Each training module contains one narrated class. The classes in this course are designed to be taken in a designated order since Module 2 - Net Detective builds on the knowledge and skills that were presented in Module 1.  The designers of this course recommend that students be awarded 16 hours of career development in-service training credit for successfully completing this course.

Requirements: This course is narrated and requires the use of either speakers or headphones.  Simply reading the written material will not provide the student with all of the critical course information. After the student has listened to and studied the course material, he must take the course quiz. In order to successfully complete the module quiz, the student must score 70%. The student will be given two opportunities to successfully complete the quiz. At the director's discretion, a third opportunity may be granted upon the request of the student's chief, sheriff or agency administrator.

Module 1
Lesson: Introduction to Problem Oriented Policing
Objectives or Goals: The student will describe the origin and history of the Problem Oriented Policing philosophy.

The student will define Problem Oriented Policing.

The student will identify the elements of the Crime Triangle.

The student will identify the types of controllers.

The student will identify the elements of SARA problem solving model.

The student will define a problem in the context of Problem Oriented Policing.

The student will describe the brainstorming process.

The student will define the acronym CPTED and its purpose.

The student will describe why owners allow problems to occur on their properties.

The student will identify opportunities for crimes to occur and providing intervention techniques targeting those opportunities as situational crime prevention.

The student will identify the Fishbone Diagram as a tool that can help visually identify and isolate causes of a problem.

    1. Introduction to Problem Oriented Policing
Module 2
Lesson: Net Detective
Objectives or Goals: The Net Detective module is a guided, self-directed learning tool consisting of information that is available on the world wide web.  The objective is to permit students to actively build their knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in this course material.

As students investigate each location, they will be given an assignment to complete.  The assignments will vary depending on the nature of the course.  For instance, students may be required to complete a site use tutorial so that they will know how to retrieve information for future reference, read a blog post that exposes them to a different viewpoint on a topic, explore how other criminal justice agencies have addressed a problem or simply build upon the informational foundation they received in this course.

    1. Net Detective - Problem Oriented Policing