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NCJ Number: 158095 Find in a Library
Title: Defining the Bottom Line in Policing: Organizational Philosophy and Accountability (From Quantifying Quality in Policing, P 23-36, 1996, Larry T Hoover, ed. -- See NCJ-158093)
Author(s): G L Kelling
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper focuses on the validity of the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) as an indicator of police effectiveness.
Abstract: Crime, as reflected by the crimes reported to the police and recorded in the UCR, is but one element of the bottom line of policing. Although there is a consensus that the UCR provides only a partial record of the number of actual offenses committed in various police jurisdictions, it still provides police with some measure as to whether their efforts are having an impact on the amount of crime in a given jurisdiction. Moreover, crime data allow police managers to determine how well personnel understand some of the problems that afflict their areas and to hold personnel accountable for such an understanding. Beyond these limited uses of UCR in the measurement of police performance, police agencies must develop other measures of the various goals of police performance. Measures of accountability must reflect the various values served by police departments, including indicators of justice, integrity, the wise use of force, citizen satisfaction, and efficiency. 22 notes
Main Term(s): Police performance evaluation
Index Term(s): Police effectiveness; Police management; Police statistics; Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program
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