Cost-Benefit Model for crime prevention published for national use

Date published: 29 September 2020 11:00
Dated: 29 September 2020 09:16:40

Model launches to help forces understand the costs and benefits of crime prevention interventions.

The Problem Solving and Demand Reduction (PSDR) Programme, now called the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme, commissioned Geoff Berry Associates to explore and develop an evidence-based model for determining the costs and benefits of interventions designed to reduce crime and victimisation.

The model, which launched last week, builds on existing evidence and can be used by both police and partners to inform decision making on crime prevention activity.

The model also contributes to a strategic shift towards the prevention of crime and non-crime related disorder by providing guidance on how to measure the costs of problem-oriented initiatives, improving organisational awareness of intangible benefits of partnership interventions and increasing public confidence through informed spending decisions.

Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme sponsor, Assistant Chief Constable Lauren Poultney South Yorkshire Police, comments on the model, “Having a recognised model that helps individuals and organisations understand whether the benefits of what they are doing outweighs the cost, can help them to make more informed decisions.

“This in turn will help to ensure public money is spent in the most effective ways possible.”

A copy of the cost-benefit model and supporting literature is available to view and download from the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Knowledge Hub page here.

This resource forms part of the evaluation portfolio commissioned by the Programme to embed a problem solving ethos across police and partners at a local, regional and national level.

To find out more about the Programme, and its other work streams, visit https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/find-out/problem-solving-and-demand-reduction-programme/ You can also follow us on Twitter @PSCP_Prevention

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