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Title: STANDARDIZED CRIME REPORTING IS A REALITY TO THE DURANGO, COLORADO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Journal: POLICE CHIEF  Volume:67  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1980)  Pages:20-22,79
Author(s): R OBERHOLTZER; R OSBORN
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN TESTING A STANDARDIZED CRIME REPORTING SYSTEM, THE DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT (COLORADO) REPORTS SHORTER TIMES FOR COMPLETING CRIME REPORTS AND MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON CRIMINALS.
Abstract: DURANGO HAS A POPULATION OF 15,000. ITS STANDARDIZED CRIME REPORTING SYSTEM (SCRS) IS MANUALLY OPERATED BUT EASILY CONVERTED TO COMPUTERS; PROVIDEDS INFORMATION SUPPORT FOR PATROL OFFICERS, INVESTIGATORS, PLANNING, AND EVALUATION; PROVIDES DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH OFFENSE; AND SYSTEMATICALLY COMPILES AND REPORTS INFORMATION SUITING THE DEPARTMENT'S NEEDS. SCRS'S THREE BASIC MODULES CAPTURE, MANAGE, AND USE DATA. DATA IS GATHERED PRIMARILY BY PATROL OFFICERS, DETECTIVES, AND COMMUNICATIONS DISPATCHERS; AND SCRS IS INTENDED TO FACILITATE A LOGICAL, EQUITABLE, AND ORDERLY WORK FLOW WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. DATA USE AND MANAGEMENT MODULES PRODUCE MONTHLY REPORTS, KEEP LOGS OF POLICE ACTIVITY (INCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND NON-LAW ENFORCEMENT EVENTS), AND KEEP CASE AND CRIMINAL FILES. OFFICERS AND OTHER PERSONNEL ARE TRAINED IN USING THE DATA ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS OF THEIR JOBS. AN EVALUATION OF THE SYSTEM HAS REVEALED THAT OFFENSE REPORTING TIME WAS SPEEDED UP, DATA AND ROUTINE REPORTS IN CRIMINAL FILES HAD INCREASED IN VOLUME AND NUMBER, AND CLEARANCE RATES HAD IMPROVED. PERSONNEL RESISTANCE TO SCRS WAS NOT A MAJOR PROBLEM. AN EXHIBIT PRESENTS AN OVERVIEW OF THE SYSTEM. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Automated police information systems; Colorado; Crime Statistics; Criminal justice information systems; Data collections; Evaluation; Information processing; Police information systems
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