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NCJ Number: 120500 Find in a Library
Title: Sensing the Community: A Small Town Case Study
Journal: Canadian Police College Journal  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(1989)  Pages:128-136
Author(s): D J Loree; B Richards; L Buckley
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: The police chief in Ingersoll, a small community in Ontario, used a "community survey" to generate data on the citizens' perceptions of policing services, needs, and priorities in order to assess current policing strategies and formulate future policies.
Abstract: The sample included 269 respondents whose names were provided by the local public utilities customer list. Males outnumbered females two to one, the respondents were overly representative of older citizens and those living in single detached homes, and three-quarters had lived in the town for over six years. Over 75 percent of the respondents had had some contact with the local police, mostly as victim, traffic offender, party to a traffic accident, witness, or criminal suspect. They were queries as to their views on traffic enforcement, fear of crime, specific problems of crime in the community, and responsibility for crime prevention. The majority of Ingersoll residents favored more traffic law vigilance, felt safe in the community (the percentage dropped for feelings of safety at night), believed vandalism and alcohol-related crimes to be most prevalent, and felt the public needed to do more to prevent crime. 6 tables, 9 references.
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Crime
Index Term(s): Canada
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