EVALUATION OF POLICY-RELATED RESEARCH-REVIEWS AND CRITICAL DISCUSSION OF POLICY-RELATED RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF POLICE PROTECTION

Approximately 200 research items are abstracted, arranged by broad policy categories, and reviewed for internal and external validity. These discussions and evaluations are presented for the following policy areas - administration and managements, effectiveness and evaluation, crime prevention - architecture and crime statistics, police technology, resource allocation, patrol operations - patrol beat design, emergency response and traffic, personnel selection, evaluation and training, and police - community relations. The report identifies three major criticisms that apply to many law enforcement research endeavors. These are - a lack of commitment to research by policy makers, a failure to articulate the goals and objectives of police protection, and the use of improper study designs and analytic methods. To counteract these criticisms, material describing recommended research methodologies is included. Through a survey of police chiefs, commissioners and policy planners, the following research topics were identified as being especially important and worthy of further research - the reduction of police response time, police computerized information systems, measuring the effectiveness of crime prevention programs, evaluation of changes in crime rate and other measures of police effectiveness, standards for promotion of police officers, and surveys of public attitudes toward police, including victimization surveys. /SNI/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mathematica, Incorporated

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    Bethesda, MD  USA  20014
  • Authors:
    • Gass, S I
    • Cramer, H L
    • Knoppers, B A
    • Dawson, J M
    • Jakubiak, S
    • Strasel, H
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Pagination: 870 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141759
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Criminal Justice Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NSFC808(SSH-73-07202
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1977 12:00AM