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NCJ Number: 192208 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the Impact of Crimestoppers
Author(s): Peter Gresham; Janet Stockdale; Ivon Bartholomew; Karen Bullock
Date Published: November 2001
Page Count: 6
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
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This briefing note summarized research evaluating the Crimestoppers program in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: The study analyzed national data as well as information gathered from three regions to evaluate the effectiveness of the Crimestoppers program and its contributions to detection, investigation, and prosecution. The research attempts to quantify data involving inputs, outcomes, and cost effectiveness, and identifies areas where improvements are needed. Crimestoppers data actually underestimated its worth, noting that 17 percent of the calls received in 2000 resulted in arrests, charges, or warnings. Crimestoppers were also responsible for the recovery of large amounts of stolen property. The study also concludes that Crimestoppers yielded benefits well in excess of costs. The following recommendations were presented: more calls should be answered by officers; more effort should be made to verify information before passing it to an investigator; there should be more feedback between Crimestoppers and investigating officers; and more effort should be made to increase awareness of the benefits of the program among police officers and the public. Flow chart and two tables.
Main Term(s): Criminology; Organized crime prevention
Index Term(s): Comparative criminology; Criminal justice evaluation; Evaluative research
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