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NCJ Number: 250054 Find in a Library
Title: Spatial Risk Factors of Felonious Battery to Police Officers
Journal: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:November 2014  Pages:823-838
Author(s): M. C. Joel; M. Phillip
Date Published: November 2014
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2012-IJ-CX-0038
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the spatial influence of features of the physical environment on the risk of aggression toward law enforcement.
Abstract: Risk terrain modeling, a spatial analytic technique, was performed on felonious battery data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Out of the 991 batteries against law enforcement officers (LEOs) in Chicago, 11 features of the physical environment were identified as presenting a statistically significant spatial risk of battery to LEOs. Calls for service within three blocks of foreclosures and/or within a dense area of problem buildings posed as much as a two times greater risk of battery to police officers than what is presented by other significant spatial factors in the model. abundance of existing research on aggression toward law enforcement is situated from the perspective of characteristics of the suspect or officer. This research advances the field of violence studies by illustrating the importance of incorporating physical features of the environment into empirical studies of aggression. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Assaults on police
Index Term(s): Environmental influences; Location; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police safety; Violence causes
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