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Police Response Time Analysis, 1975 (ICPSR 7760)

Principal Investigator(s): Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department

Summary:

This is a study of the relationship between the amount of time taken by police to respond to calls for service and the outcomes of criminal and noncriminal incidents in Kansas City, Missouri. Outcomes were evaluated in terms of police effectiveness and citizen satisfaction. Response time data were generated by timing telephone and radio exchanges on police dispatch tapes. Police travel time was measured and recorded by highly trained civilian observers. To assess satisfaction with police service, personal and telephone interviews were conducted with victims and witnesses who had made the calls to the police.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Dataset Names and Input Formats for Study Files - Download All Files (3.666 MB)
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DS2:  File RTASTUDY - Download All Files (4.348 MB)
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DS3:  File RTASTUD2 - Download All Files (4.485 MB)
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DS4:  File RTASTUD3 - Download All Files (5.476 MB)
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DS9:  File NONCRIM2 - Download All Files (5.302 MB)
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DS10:  File NONCRIM3 - Download All Files (4.753 MB)
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DS12:  File SFTOC - Download All Files (4.101 MB)
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DS13:  File TESTCALL - Download All Files (3.826 MB)
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DS14:  File ACFFILE - Download All Files (3.77 MB)
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DS15:  File RTCITSAT - Download All Files (3.725 MB)
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DS16:  File REINT - Download All Files (3.712 MB)
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DS17:  File ARCHIVE - Download All Files (4.484 MB)
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DS18:  File ARCHIVE2 - Download All Files (4.612 MB)
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DS19:  File RTASTUD4 - Download All Files (3.996 MB)
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DS20:  File RTASTUD5 - Download All Files (4.56 MB)
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DS21:  File RTASTUD6 - Download All Files (4.278 MB)
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DS22:  File RTASTUD7 - Download All Files (4.609 MB)
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DS24:  File RTASTUD9 - Download All Files (4.56 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Kansas City, Missouri, Police Dept. POLICE RESPONSE TIME ANALYSIS, 1975. ICPSR version. Kansas City, MO: Kansas City Police Dept. [producer], 1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07760.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (73-NI-99-0047, 77-NI-99-0016)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   citizen attitudes, citizen crime reporting, citizen participation, crime control, crime statistics, demographic characteristics, law enforcement, offenses, police community relations, police departments, police performance, police response, public confidence, public opinion, satisfaction, time utilization, victims, witness assistance, Kansas City (Missouri), Missouri, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1975-03--1975-12

Date of Collection:  

  • 1975-03--1975-12

Universe:   Police actions in response to calls in Kansas City, Missouri.

Data Types:   event/transaction data, and survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Methodology

Sample:   Sixty-nine police beats within the three patrol divisions of Kansas City, Missouri, were selected on the basis of their high rates of robbery and aggravated assaults. These police beats seemed likely to produce a higher proportion of the types of calls desired for the analysis.

Data Source:

(1) personal interviews, (2) telephone interviews, and (3) police dispatch tapes

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 25 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 25 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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