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Pine Bluff Police Look to Stats to Help Combat Crime

It's called Problem-Oriented Policing, or "POP," where officers on the street are updated by stats on the computer screen.
PINE BLUFF, AR -- Pine Bluff Police are trying a new technique using statistics and computer data to make manpower go further in the fight against crime.

It's called Problem-Oriented Policing, or "POP," where officers on the street are updated by stats on the computer screen.

Hot zones are drawn up where crimes are concentrated, and officers saturate the area to choke it out.

"It focuses on the areas we need to put our manpower so we can catch people to put them behind bars," said Sgt. Derrell Ray.

The program also stresses the need for neighborhood watch and a creative approach to involving the community in reporting and combatting crime.

The department plans on pulling new stats soon to compare the crime rate before and after the "POP" program.
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