Saturation patrol

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A saturation patrol is a police or military patrol tactic wherein a large number of officers are concentrated into a small geographic area.[1] Saturation patrols are used for hot-spot crime reduction,[2] DUI checkpoints, and other location-specific patrols. The methodology employs overwhelming force presence, via large concentration of patrol officers, to create a real or perceived omnipresence,[2] in the hopes that it deters crime inside and outside the actual patrol location. Authorities also use them because of riots and riot officers together with horses or dogs can assist.

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  1. ^ Safer New Mexico - FAQ Page. "What is a saturation patrol?" Safer New Mexico Now. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Preventing Crime - What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising. Chapter 8 - Policing for Crime Prevention. 1996. Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park.