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NCJ Number: 30680 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PHILADELPHIA - POLICE DEPARTMENT - PUBLIC TRANSIT CRIME REDUCTION PROGRAM - FINAL REPORT
Author(s): D COOPER; J COOPER; M MCCARTHY; D PICKARD; J QUINN
Corporate Author: Police and Security Management Consultants
United States of America
Project Director: D M STOUGHTON; M V REAGEN
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 82
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania Governor's Justice Cmssn
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Police and Security Management Consultants
Syracuse, NY 13203
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 73-DF-03-0024
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: REPORT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S EXPANDED TRANSIT UNIT IN REDUCING PART ONE AND TWO CRIMES ON THE SUBWAY, INCREASING CLEARANCE RATES, AND REDUCING CITIZENS' FEAR OF USING THE TRANSIT SYSTEM.
Abstract: THE REPORT ASSESSES THE FACE VALUE OF REPORTED CRIMES BEFORE AND AFTER THE ADDITION OF 60 PERSONNEL TO THE TRANSIT UNIT, AND ANALYZES THE FINDINGS OF A TWO-PART PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY. STATISTICS SHOW AN INCREASE IN REPORTED PART ONE AND TWO CRIMES AFTER THE UNIT'S EXPANSION, WHICH COULD LARGELY BE EXPLAINED BY THE INCREASED MANPOWER ON HAND WHEN CRIMES OCCURRED. BEYOND THAT, REPORTED CRIME ANALYSIS IS FRUITLESS DUE TO AN INSUFFICIENT STATISTICAL BASE. THE CITIZEN'S SURVEYS FROM BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE EXPANSION INDICATED THAT THE PUBLIC IS STILL VERY MUCH AFRAID OF USING THE SUBWAY SYSTEM, EVEN THOUGH 90 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS HAD NOT BEEN CRIME VICTIMS. THE RESEARCHERS ALSO POINT OUT THAT THE SENSE OF FEAR IS NOT BASED ON THE NUMBER OF REPORTED CRIMES. THEY RECOMMEND THAT THE PROGRAM OF EXPANDED POLICE SERVICE BE CONTINUED. OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERN IMPROVING THE CRIME REPORTING AND RECORDING SYSTEM, MORE ACCURATELY PINPOINTING POTENTIAL CRIME TIME AND LOCATION, DETERMINING WHAT FACTORS PROVIDE CITIZENS A SENSE OF SECURITY, CREATING A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM TO COUNTER CITIZEN FEARS AND INSECURITY, AND SHIFTING POLICE EMPHASIS FROM APPREHENSION TO SERVICE (INCLUDING RE-CONSIDERING THE EFFECT OF K-9 UNITS ON CITIZENS' APPREHENSIONS).
Index Term(s): Citizen grievances; Crime specific countermeasures; Crime Statistics; Fear of crime; Mass transit security; Pennsylvania; Police field services units; Program evaluation; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public relations programs; Security; Surveys; Transportation
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