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NCJ Number: 119632 Find in a Library
Title: Economics of Criminal Investigation in a Municipal Police Force
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:199-224
Author(s): E R Petersen; B W Simms
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 25
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Municipal police force activities, from car patrol and criminal intelligence to follow-up investigation, have been modeled as information processing activities and linked in an information processing model of criminal investigation.
Abstract: In the present study municipal police force data were used to estimate model parameters, and the resulting computer simulation was used to investigate tactical and strategic questions about the economic allocation of resources. The analysis, based on principles of economic efficiency and estimates of the appropriate production functions, suggests that clearance rates are most sensitive to learning activities, somewhat less sensitive to solving activities, and quite insensitive to sensing activities. 16 references, 18 tables. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Economic analysis
Index Term(s): Clearance rates; Criminal investigation; Municipal police
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