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NCJ Number: 119629 Find in a Library
Title: Police Agency Size and Investigative Effectiveness
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:145-155
Author(s): G W Cordner
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Previous research has focused on the relationship between police agency size and allocation of resources to operational and administrative functions.
Abstract: This study examined the relationship between agency size and investigative effectiveness. Bivariate analysis of national data has indicated a strong inverse relationship, but multivariate analysis of data from Maryland suggests that other variables are more important determinants of investigative success. These other variables include region within the State and the mix of crimes reported to the police. A tentative conclusion is that environmental variables have a greater effect than organizational variables on police agency investigative effectiveness. 24 references, 7 tables. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Clearance rates
Index Term(s): Allocution; Maryland; Organizational theories; Police effectiveness
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