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NCJ Number: 220703 
Title: Survey Assessments of Police Performance in the British Crime Survey (From Surveying Crime in the 21st Century, P 183-197, 2007, Mike Hough and Mike Maxfield, eds., -- See NCJ-220695)
Author(s): Jonathan Allen
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter synopsizes the use of the British Crime Survey (BCS) in assessing police performance and it s central role in the Policing Performance Assessment Framework (PPAF).
Abstract: The BCS has been envisaged as a multipurpose vehicle which yields valuable policing related information. While illuminating crime levels and trends as a central aim, its modular structure allows for coverage of experience of the criminal justice agencies. This chapter gives a synopsis of the use made of the BCS in assessing performance, and in particular its central role in the Policing Performance Assessment Framework. Some inherent limitations in measuring performance with the BCS survey data are highlighted; however, the overall capacity of the survey yields valuable policing-related information. The coverage of policing issues in the 1980s and 1990s made a significant contribution to research knowledge about the police; the survey combined social indicator functions with research functions. The BCS recently acquired an important third function: to support central government’s work in assessing and monitoring police performance. The survey has broadened in purpose from being a source of understanding and knowledge about crime and justice to being part of the machinery of governmental control over the criminal justice system. Tables, figures, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Performance Measures; Surveys; Testing and measurement
Index Term(s): Performance Measures ; Performance requirements; Police; Police performance evaluation
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