Problem-oriented policing in public housing: Identifying the distribution of problem places

Lorraine Green Mazerolle, William Terrill

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Describes a problem-oriented policing program in Jersey City that seeks to identify, analyze, and target drug, disorder, and violent crime problems in public housing. Describes the problem scanning and identification processes that were used to detect hot spot locations within six public housing sites in the study. Begins the research with a premise that public housing sites differ from one site to the next and that, even within some public housing sites, some common area places will have problems, while others will not. Research findings support this premise. Concludes that there is a distribution of crime problems both across and within public housing sites challenging the hot spot label universalistically applied to public housing sites. The problem identification process has implications for the way problem-solving teams approach policing public housing sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-255
Number of pages21
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive mapping
  • Drug abuse
  • Housing
  • Police
  • Problem solving
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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