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Title: KANSAS CITY (MO) PREVENTIVE PATROL EXPERIMENT - A FIELD TEST (USE OF EVALUATION BY FEDERAL AGENCIES - PROCEEDINGS OF A SYMPOSIUM, 1977, BY ELEANOR CHELIMSKY - SEE NCJ-49572)
Author(s): G L KELLING; J H LEWIS
Corporate Author: Northwest Missouri Regional Planning Cmssn
United States of America

US Dept of Justice
LEAA
National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Northwest Missouri Regional Planning Cmssn
Maryville, MO 64468
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN OVERVIEW OF THE POLICE FOUNDATION/KANSAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT PREVENTIVE PATROL STUDY AND OF RESPONSE TO THE STUDY'S FINDINGS IS PRESENTED IN AN EVALUATION SYMPOSIUM PAPER.
Abstract: THE KANSAS CITY DEPARTMENT WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY DECIDING HOW TO USE ITS 300 NEW PATROL OFFICERS. SOME THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO DIVERT RESOURCES FROM PREVENTIVE PATROL TO DEAL WITH YOUTH PROBLEMS, WHILE OTHERS FELT THAT PREVENTIVE PATROL SIMPLY WAS TOO ESSENTIAL FOR SUCH A REALLOCATION TO BE CONSIDERED. TO DETERMINE HOW IMPORTANT PREVENTIVE PATROL IS, THE POLICE FOUNDATION DESIGNED AND IMPLEMENTED AN EXPERIMENT IN WHICH CRIME REDUCTION, CITIZEN SATISFACTION WITH POLICE SERVICES, REDUCTION IN FEAR OF CRIME, AND OTHER VARIABLES WERE MEASURED IN THREE AREAS OF KANSAS CITY, WHICH DIFFERED IN THE LEVEL OF PREVENTIVE PATROL ACTIVITIES (NUMBER OF PATROL CARS). THE STUDY FOUND THAT THE LEVEL OF PREVENTIVE PATROL DID NOT AFFECT THE VARIABLES TESTED. IT ALSO FOUND THAT CITIZEN SATISIFACTION WITH POLICE SERVICES WAS NOT A DIRECT FUNCTION OF RESPONSE TIME, BUT RATHER A REFLECTION OF AN INTERVENING VARIABLE: CITIZENS' EXPECTATIONS REGARDING RESPONSE TIME. THE POLICE FOUNDATION DISSEMINATED THE STUDY FINDINGS, WHICH HAVE GENERATED CONSIDERABLE CONTROVERSY AND SOME CONCRETE ACTION. THE STUDY HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR KANSAS CITY AND OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO EXPERIMENT WITH ALTERNATIVES TO THE PREVIOUSLY SACROSANCT INSTITUTION OF ROUTINE PREVENTICE PATROL. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Citizen satisfaction; Kansas; Patrol; Police Foundation; Studies
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