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NCJ Number: 31757 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEMONSTRATIONS - FINAL REPORT
Corporate Author: Santa Clara County Office of the County Executive
United States of America
Project Director: F M LOCKFELD
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 93
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Santa Clara County Office of the County Executive
San Jose, CA 95110
Tennessee Law Enforcement
Donelson, TX 37214
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 73-DF-09-0020; OCJP NO A1899-2-74
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: REPORT ON SEVEN DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS CONDUCTED BY THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CA) CENTER FOR URBAN ANALYSIS, A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO DEVELOP MANAGEMENT-ORIENTED PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES USING GEOGRAPHICALLY RELATED DATA.
Abstract: THE CENTER MAINTAINS A COMPUTERIZED GEOGRAPHIC BASE FILE (AN UPDATED, CORRECTED, AND EXTENDED 'DIME' - DUAL INDEPENDENT MAP ENCODING - FILE); GADS (GEOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS AND DISPLAY SYSTEM), AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER GRAPHIC SYSTEM WHICH USES A TELEVISION-LIKE COMPUTER TERMINAL INSTALLED IN AGENCY OFFICES; AND A GENERAL PURPOSE STATISTICAL AND TABULATION SYSTEM, SPSS (STATISTICAL PACKAGE FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES). THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS CONDUCTED BY THE CENTER CONCERNED THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL CRIME ACCORDING TO THE GEOGRAPHY AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND WERE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF NEED AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE BY USER AGENCIES. THEY INCLUDED THE ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT, FIVE DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AND A CRIME ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION PROJECT SERVING ALL POLICE AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY. SEVERAL ONE-TIME JOBS UNRELATED TO A PROJECT WERE ALSO COMPLETED FOR CLIENT AGENCIES. MOST OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS FOCUSED ON THE USE OF CALLS FOR SERVICE (DISPATCH) DATA WITH POLICE AGENCIES. CENTER STAFF PROVIDED AGENCY ASSISTANCE WITH PROBLEM FORMULATION, DATA COLLECTION, DATA ANALYSIS, AND ASSISTANCE IN THE PROBLEM-SOLVING PROCESS AS REQUIRED. DATA COLLECTION FOR AGENCIES LACKING SYSTEMATIC DATA COLLECTION AND DATA ENTRY PROCEDURES WAS IDENTIFIED AS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM IN THE PROJECTS. AGENCIES WERE GUIDED TO INCREASE THEIR DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS CAPABILITIES AS A RESULT OF THE PROJECTS, AND RECOGNITION WAS MADE THAT DATA COLLECTION COSTS ARE RAPIDLY AMORTIZED IF THE INFORMATION IS TIMELY, ACCESSIBLE AND SUPPORTS THE ALLOCATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCY RESOURCES. A GENERAL CONCLUSION SUPPORTED PLACING FLEXIBLE ANALYSIS TOOLS AS CLOSE TO DECISIONMAKERS AS POSSIBLE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS SYSTEM BE MADE AVAILABLE TO AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WITH ENHANCED CAPABILITIES FOR DATA ENTRY AND CONTROL AT THE AGENCY TERMINAL. AN EXTENSIVE APPENDIX B INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): California; Crime Control Programs; Crime prevention measures; Geographic distribution of crime; Model programs; Police resource allocation
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