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NCJ Number: 78835 Find in a Library
Title: Urban Law Enforcement in Canada - An Empirical Analysis
Journal: Canadian Journal of Economics  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1981)  Pages:44-57
Author(s): W J Furlong; S L Mehay
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper examines the issue of crime deterrence as supplied by a single urban law enforcement agency.
Abstract: A simultaneous model consisting of the supply of offences, police production function, and police deployment function is specified and estimated. Account is also taken of crime spillovers among observations and the daily mobility patterns of the population. The deterrent impact of police output is confirmed, but the link between police inputs and the production of deterrence is found to be weak. Consideration of the population's mobility significantly reduces the effect on crime rates of socio-economic factors such as unemployment. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Deterrence effectiveness; Models; Police effectiveness
Note: Earlier version of this paper presented at the Southern Economic Association meetings in Washington, DC.
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