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SARA Model 

Within the overall concept of community policing is the process of problem solving. Basic to this process is a technique referred to as the SARA Model which is an acronym for: Scanning - Analysis - Response - Assessment.

The problem solving model functions as follows:

  1. Scanning - looking for and identifying the problem, (Note: a problem is defined as two or more like incidents).
  2. Analysis - learning the problem’s causes, scope and effects. Attempt to identity the actors, incidents and responses.
  3. Response - select and implement a solution with one of the following as the goal: a) reduce the problem; or b) eliminate the problem.
  4. Assessment - determine if the response worked. Decide to adjust response or start again if needed.

The use of the SARA model provides for more efficient, effective police responses to community problems.