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NCJ Number: 121278 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating Burglary: The Measurement of Police Performance (From Police and Policing: Contemporary Issues, P 72-87, 1989, Dennis Jay Kenney, ed. -- See NCJ-121271)
Author(s): J Burrows
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Factors accounting for differences in clearance rates for residential burglaries were examined using data from six police forces in England.
Abstract: The research sought to determine whether the police in areas with low clearance rates were in some respects less effective than police in areas with high clearance rates. The six areas included three pairs of areas with similar levels of residential burglary and similar environments, but with significantly different clearance rates. The arrest rates ranged from 8 to 23 percent and the clearance rates from 11 percent to 65 percent. Findings showed that clearance rates gave little or no indication of police effectiveness. Instead, differences in clearance rates were largely an artifact of police policies. The high clearance rates often resulted from local procedures designed to ensure that the burglars arrested gave full accounts of their past offending. Results also suggested that spending many hours on each burglary investigation is not a useful way to improve arrests or clearances or to increase victim satisfaction. Tables and 6 references.
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): Burglary; Clearance rates; England; Police performance evaluation
Note: Reprinted from Investigating Burglary: The Measurement of Police Performance (1986)
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