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NCJ Number: NCJ 193401     Find in a Library
Title: Dallas Police Department's Interactive Community Policing Program 1995-1999, Executive Summary
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: Dallas Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 8
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This evaluation examined the implementation and impact of the Dallas Police Department’s Interactive Community Policing (ICP) program during 1995-99.
Abstract: The longitudinal evaluation examined the program’s activities, barriers to implementation, and the program’s effects. Data came from annual telephone surveys conducted during 1996-99 with a total of 4,325 Dallas residents and written surveys completed by all ICP officers and additional randomly selected police officers, including 607 in 1996, 594 in 1997, 698 in 1998, and 518 in 1999. The analysis used qualitative and quantitative methods. Results revealed that barriers to implementation included resource issues, lack of acceptance by patrol, citizen issues, and coordination of city services. Solutions included added equipment, educating patrol officers by having them ride with ICP officers, focusing of efforts in areas where citizens wanted to be involved, development of a database, and establishment of service coordinating teams. Results of citizen surveys revealed mixed results on perceptions of social disorder in high ICP areas, overall reduction in fear of crime, and a decline in the use of security measures. Victimization rates were similar in high ICP and low ICP areas. Citizen knowledge of the ICP program remained relatively low. Citizen ratings of police performance varied by neighborhood and participant ethnicity. ICP officers believed that the ICP program was likely to reduce crime, improve relationships with citizens, improve police presence, and improve citizen perceptions. Non-ICP officers agreed that community policing would improve citizen perceptions and relationships with the police, but believed that ICP would have little effect on crime, responses to calls, police-minority relations, or citizen complaints. Nearly all ICP and non-ICP officers regarded crime prevention as a joint responsibility of the community and the police.
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Police effectiveness ; Community relations ; Police work attitudes ; Public Opinion of the Police ; Police-minority relations ; Texas
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-IJ-CX-0070
Sale Source: Dallas Police Dept
Police and Courts Building
Dallas, TX 75201
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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