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Pub. Type Report
Title Police Community Station: The Houston Field Test
Author(s) Wycoff, Mary Ann
Skogan, Wesley G.
Annan, Sampson
Eckman, Gretchen
Kirk, Robin
Pate, Antony
Sherman, Lawrence
Houston Fear Reduction Task Force
Subtitle/Series Name Technical Report
Pub. Date Jul 1985
Abstract With sworn and nonsworn personnel, the station opened in November 1984 and began offering general assistance and information to citizens. Special programs offered by the station in the course of the year included monthly neighborhood meetings, fingerprinting of children, a park program, and a school truancy program. The evaluation measured citizens' attitudes and behaviors before and 10 months after the introduction of the program. Data were obtained by conducting interviews with random samples of about 5,000 residents and representatives of nonresidential establishments in both a program area and a comparison area that did not have the program. Survey questionnaires solicited such information as recalled program exposure, perceived social disorder, perceived neighborhood physical deterioration, and fear of personal victimization. The program had beneficial, statistically significant effects for the area as a whole and, to a lesser extent, for a panel of citizens in the program area. Appendixes detail some program components and evaluation methodology and data. source
Issue/No. NCJ 102406
Producer United State Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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