Problem-solving is widely used as a formalized method of addressing community problems. Police agencies around the world have adopted the SARA problem-solving model or similar models.

The success of problem-solving, like any attempt to address a community issue or concern, falls upon the individuals responsible for solving the problem. As a police officer or as a member of the community, you can use the problem-solving method as a valuable tool.

This assignment will provide you with an opportunity to analyze a real problem to which the problem-solving method was applied.


Visit the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing website (the link is provided in the Webliography) and search for an actual problem solved in a community. Complete the attached questionnaire.

respond to the following for each component:
•Identify the actual responses that the agency performed during the problem-solving process.
•Evaluate the actual response on the basis of what you have learned about problem-solving and suggest any improvements the agency could have considered in any area of the problem-solving process.

Note: Use proper APA formatted in-text citations. Include a separate page at the end of the questionnaire, in APA format style that links back to your in-text citations and supports your recommendations.

Submission Details:
•Save the completed questionnaire as M2_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc.
•By Week 2, Day 7, submit your completed questionnaire to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points

Described the actual response that the agency performed during the problem-solving process.

Analyzed the information of problem-solving and determined the effectiveness of the agency’s response to the problem.

Evaluated the pros and cons of the actual response and also provided suggestions for improvement.

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in the accurate representation and attribution of sources; and used accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Reference La Times / LAPD and Homeless Camps vs Community


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