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NCJ Number: 185899 Find in a Library
Title: Family Values: Grouping Similar Policing and Crime Reduction Areas for Comparative Purposes
Author(s): Adrian Leigh; Jenny Arnott; Graham Clarke; Linda See
Date Published: July 2000
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This document examines the grouping of similar policing and crime reduction areas for purposes of comparison.
Abstract: Local-level crime statistics for England and Wales, for the 318 Basic Command Units (BCUs) provided an insight into differences in crime rates across the country. Crime figures and rates for the 376 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) were also be considered. CDRPs were created as partnerships between police forces and local authorities (together with police authorities, health authorities, and probation committees) to tackle crime within local authority boundaries. However, important social, economic, and demographic characteristics influence policing environments, making straight comparisons across all areas potentially unrealistic and unfair. Leeds University was asked to develop family groupings of BCUs and CDRPs to aid performance comparisons on a like-with-like basis. The families were created using cluster analysis, a statistical technique that involves identifying which variables can be used to characterize entities and differentiate between them. Individual entities were gradually combined on the basis of their similarities. Tables
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Cluster analysis; Crime Rate; Crime rate studies; England; Foreign crime statistics; Foreign police; Statistical analysis; Statistics; Wales
Note: Home Office Briefing Note 3/00
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