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NCJ Number: 31022 Find in a Library
Title: CRIME RATES AND POLICE BEHAVIOR - A TEST OF TWO HYPOTHESES
Journal: SOCIAL FORCES  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:441-451
Author(s): D W BRITT; C R TITTLE
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina Press
Marketing Manager
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: University of North Carolina Press
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TWO HYPOTHESES CONCERNING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARREST RATES FOR MAJOR AND MINOR OFFENSES ARE TESTED USING 1971 AND 1972 ARREST DATA FROM FLORIDA MUNICIPALITIES.
Abstract: THE DISPLACEMENT HYPOTHESIS POSTULATES AN INVERSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARRESTS FOR MINOR AND SERIOUS CRIMES WHICH RESULTS FROM SHIFTING DEPLOYMENT PATTERNS IN RESPONSE TO PERIODIC CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF SERIOUS CRIME. THE DRAGNET HYPOTHESIS POSTULATES A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO ARREST RATES WHICH RESULTS FROM ACCOMMODATIVE ADJUSTMENTS BY THE POLICE TO THE LEGAL CONSTRAINTS OF A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, AND THE SITUATIONAL CONSTRAINTS OF PRACTICAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE RESULTS, GENERATED BY REGRESSION ANALYSIS, PROVED TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE DRAGNET ARGUMENT AND CONTRARY TO THE DISPLACEMENT HYPOTHESIS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Arrest statistics; Florida; Police manpower deployment; Statistical analysis
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