Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Broken Windows in a Gentrifying City? An Interrupted Time Series Analysis of OMP in Inglewood, California
by Taboada, Diego, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 130; 27963436
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis analyzes monthly broken windows (BW) policing and order maintenance policing (OMP) arrests in Inglewood, California between 2010 and 2018. Its primary purpose is to assess the postindustrial policing hypothesis. This hypothesis argues that as cities pursue economic growth strategies grounded on consumption, leisure, culture, and tourism the more emphasis will be placed on OMP and BW policing. To assess this hypothesis, this thesis conducts an interrupted time series analysis on five BW and OMP-style arrest categories. The thesis assesses how statistically impactful the National Football League’s vote to relocate the Rams franchise to Inglewood was on narcotics, prostitution, public disturbance, vandalism, and vagrancy arrests in Inglewood. The analysis also forecasts these types of arrests into December 2020.The analysis finds that, after trending downward for several consecutive years, all OMP arrest categories saw an increase after the vote to relocate. The analysis also finds that the Rams relocation vote had a statistically significant impact on the number of arrests across four of the five categories analyzed. The thesis also finds that, save for vandalism arrests, all arrest types are projected to increase in to 2020. This, in turn, supports, if even partially, the postindustrial policing hypothesis. More broadly, the supposition being made here is that the recent increase in BW and OMP arrests and the projected continual increase in vagrancy, public disturbance, prostitution, and low-level narcotics arrests has implications for gentrification in Inglewood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Malm, Aili
Commitee: Perrone, Dina, Perez, Nicholas
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Sociology
Keywords: Broken Windows Theory, Gentrification, Homelessness, Inglewood, California, Order Maintenance Policing, Police
Publication Number: 27963436
ISBN: 9798684689055
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