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Pub. Type:
Report
Title:
Police Community Stations: The Houston Field Test
Subtitle/Series Name:
Executive Summary
Abstract:
Station officers developed programs that included monthly neighborhood meetings, a ride-along program, and cooperation with school officials to address school problems. Two matched neighborhoods, one with a community station and one without any new police program, were compared on common measures of citizens' attitudes and neighborhood characteristics. Area-level effects were examined by analyzing surveys of random cross-sectional samples of residents and owners or managers of commercial establishments before and after the program period. Individual-level effects were analyzed by comparing surveys with the same persons. Data for both survey waves were pooled, merged, and subjected to a pooled cross-sectional regression analysis. Residents in the experimental neighborhood had significantly lower scores on fear of personal victimization in the neighborhood, perceived crime problems in the area (personal and property), perceived social disorder, and defensive behaviors to avoid victimization. The community station program apparently reduced citizens' fear of crime. source
Issue/No.:
NCJ 106671
Producer:
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production:
Washington, DC

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