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NCJ Number: NCJ 241680     Find in a Library
Title: Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System: A Test of Interrater Reliability
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:5  Dated:May 2012  Pages:607 to 619
Author(s): Brent Snook ; Kirk Luther ; John C. House ; Paul J. Taylor ; Craig Bennell
Date Published: 05/2012
Page Count: 13
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study tested the interrater reliability of an internationally renowned crime linkage system—the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS).
Abstract: The interrater reliability of an internationally renowned crime linkage system—the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS)—was tested. Police officers (N = 10) were presented with a case file and asked to complete a ViCLAS booklet. The level of occurrence agreement between each officer was calculated. Results showed a 30.77 percent level of agreement across the 106 variables examined. Agreement ranged from 2.36 percent for weapon variables to 62.87 percent for administration variables. Only 11 (10.38 percent) of the variables reached an acceptable level of agreement. Concerns pertaining to the validity of inferences produced using ViCLAS data are discussed, along with potential explanations for the findings, limitations of the study, and future research directions. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Violent crimes
Index Term(s): Police information systems ; Systems analysis ; Behavioral science research ; Computerized criminal histories ; Comparative analysis ; Police casework
   
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