What is an example of when the police could use the SARA model?

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We like to think of policing as a fixed practice with a rigid procedure that never changes. However, police and law enforcement entities are always studying new ways to effectively do their jobs. One of these methods is the SARA model, a model by which police address continuing and recurring problems within a community. SARA is an acronym that stands for scanning, analysis, response, and assessment. First, the police will scan an affected area or community to identify a problem, next the police will conduct a detailed analysis to define the core of the problem, if any. Finally, police will work with the community to form an effective response to the problem and continually assess it for adjustment.

For example, suppose a community has a continued problem with vandalism and petty crime committed by teenagers. After identifying this problem by scanning, the police might then identify the core problem of many young persons having too much unsupervised time after school hours due to...

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