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NCJ Number: 222222 Find in a Library
Title: Statistically, You're Correct
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:35  Issue:1  Dated:January 2008  Pages:80,82,85
Author(s): Lindsey Bertomen
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 5
Publisher: http://www.cygnusb2b.com/ 
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the need for law enforcement officers to study national and local statistics.
Abstract: A law enforcement officer can increase crime solving success rates and improve safety by looking at past occurrences to predict likely outcomes. Statistics give a snapshot of an issue, often for the purpose of predicting future behavior or future outcome. Every other business pays attention to demographics; business history drives future predictions. Judges and juries involved in sentencing decisions are simply predicting future behavior. Some statistics should drive training; for example of all the data on felons that have murdered law enforcement officers since 1995, more than 77 percent have had a prior arrest and 38 percent have been arrested for a violent charge. This suggests that previous criminal history increases the danger potential for officers. This article assesses statistics and discusses safe practices for police officers based on those statistics. Specifically, statistics are employed to discuss territoriality; safe house clearing practices; and officer training, particularly firearms training.
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics; Police safety
Index Term(s): National crime statistics; Police statistics; Police training statistics
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