Police Referral Practices and Social Service Agency Practices in Three Metropolitan Areas, 1977 (ICPSR 7791)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Elinor Ostrom; Roger B. Parks; Gordon P. Whitaker


Version V1

The dataset contains two related studies conducted in the metropolitan areas of St. Louis, Missouri, Tampa - St. Petersburg, Florida, and Rochester, New York. The study of police referral practices provies information on the types of calls made to police departments, the referrals made to social service agencies from these calls, and the pattern of citizen demands. Data for this study were collected from 26,465 calls for police service at 21 police departments. The 36 variables include the nature of the call, characteristics of the caller, and the type of agency receiving the referral.

Ostrom, Elinor, Parks, Roger B., and Whitaker, Gordon P. Police Referral Practices and Social Service Agency Practices in Three Metropolitan Areas, 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07791.v1

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.