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  NCJ Number: NCJ 162205     Find in a Library
  Title: Measuring What Matters, Part One: Measures of Crime, Fear, and Disorder
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  Author(s): T V Brady
  Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1996
  Page Count: 16
  Series: NIJ Research in Action
  Annotation: This report discusses police performance and indicators used to measure crime, based on responses of police executives, leading researchers, community leaders, journalists, and government officials at a 1995 meeting sponsored by the National Institute of Justice's Policing Research Institute.
  Abstract: Meeting participants noted that many people at all levels of government have an official interest in crime measurement and police performance and that police leaders see crime measurement as a way to improve accountability in police performance. Two questions formed the basis of meeting discussions: (1) how to measure the effect of crime, fear, and disorder on the quality of community life; and (2) what effect police activities should have on crime, fear, and disorder. Several themes emerged in meeting discussions that dealt with communities, crime rates in large cities, the policing process, and expectations of police. Specific topics concerned the importance of reducing crime in neighborhoods, the need for community involvement in resolving problems, difficulties experienced by police in addressing community needs, how police behave toward citizens, and public satisfaction with police services. Responses of meeting participants focused on repeat victimization, high-crime neighborhoods, police patrols, the extent of crime in large cities, and difficulties in measuring crime. Particular attention was paid to crime problems in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
  Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
  Index Term(s): Criminology ; Fear of crime ; Police crime-prevention ; High crime areas ; Public Opinion of the Police ; Crime measurement ; Urban criminality ; Illinois ; New York ; Pennsylvania ; California
  Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: National Institute of Justice Research in Action
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