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NCJ Number: 221901 Find in a Library
Title: Citizens' Views on Using Alternate Reporting Methods in Policing
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:March 2008  Pages:25-39
Author(s): Leanne F. Alarid; Kenneth J. Novak
Date Published: March 2008
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Through a survey of Kansas City residents, this study measured community perceptions of alternate reporting methods (ARM) in policing for nonserious crimes.
Abstract: Findings indicate that alternate reporting methods (ARM) overall, and in particular Internet reporting of nonserious crimes, was more likely to be supported by younger White women who were higher educated and homeowners. As age increased, citizens were less likely to consider alternatives to 911. In addition, as citizen beliefs in equitable treatment decreased, willingness to use ARM increased, suggesting that alternate methods like mailing in reports and other remote methods might be a way to allow citizens who are skeptical of police behavior a way to receive police assistance for nonserious crimes. This research is valuable, in that it informs policymakers on the level of comfort of citizens with various alternative reporting methods. Responses beyond 911 appear often to be implemented on little more than good faith. Most people agree that local police should continue to place a high priority on responding to violent and other felony crime. However, law enforcement agencies are increasingly asked to assume more service-related responsibilities within the community, creating a situation of thinly spread resources. Some nonemergency problems might be handled in an alternate way to increase efficiency in the delivery of police services. This study surveyed 6,000 residents in Kansas City in an attempt to understand the degree of citizen support and factors related to using alternate reporting methods in 6 different predefined nonemergency situations. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Missouri; Surveys
Index Term(s): Police differential response; Police effectiveness; Police policies and procedures; Police resource allocation; Police response time; Public Opinion of the Police
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