Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Relationships among crime analysis, accountability, and innovative policing strategies: Results from a national survey
by Smith, Justin James, M.S., Florida Atlantic University, 2014, 120; 1691784
Abstract (Summary)

Over the years, innovations such as community-oriented policing, problem-oriented policing, and hot spots policing have enabled the police to make substantial crime control and reduction gains. However, empirical research has shown that police occasionally misuse these strategies in practice. One possible solution is the co-implementation of these strategies with crime analysis. Yet, little is known about this relationship in practice. Using national survey data collected by the Police Executive Research Forum in 2008 from a sample of over 1,000 United States police agencies this thesis explores this relationship. Results of bivariate analysis between agency commitment to and integration of crime analysis within operations and the use of innovative strategies revealed positive relationships. Additionally, bivariate analysis between agency use of accountability mechanisms and innovative strategies revealed a strong positive relationship. Multivariate regression analysis revealed the use of accountability mechanisms and commitment to crime analysis as strong positive predictors of police agency innovation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santos, Rachel
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology
Keywords: Accountability, Compstat, Crime analysis, Innovation, Police, Policing
Publication Number: 1691784
ISBN: 978-1-321-66561-1
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