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National Study of Law Enforcement Agencies' Policies Regarding Missing Children and Homeless Youth, 1986

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Collins, James J.,
  • McCalla, Mary Ellen
  • Powers, Linda L.
  • Stutts, Ellen S.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1995-10-30
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Language
English
Free Keywords
homelessness; kidnapping; law enforcement agencies; missing children; parental kidnapping; police investigations; policies and procedures
Description
  • Abstract

    The purpose of the study was to provide information about law enforcement agencies' handling of missing child cases, including the rates of closure for these cases, agencies' initial investigative procedures for handling such reports, and obstacles to investigation. Case types identified include runaway, parental abduction, stranger abduction, and missing for unknown reasons. Other key variables provide information about the existence and types of policies within law enforcement agencies regarding missing child reports, such as a waiting period and classification of cases. The data also contain information about the cooperation of and use of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
  • Methods

    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.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986
  • 1987-05 / 1987-07
    Collection date: 1987-05--1987-07
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Law enforcement agencies in the United States.
Sampling
A national probability sample of approximately 1,200 law enforcement agencies was selected from the Law Enforcement Agency Directory compiled by the United States Census Bureau. The agencies were screened to identify those that investigate missing child reports, and 1,060 questionnaires were mailed to agencies that had investigated a missing child case in the past five years. A stratified, simple random sample was designed to produce approximately 800 responding agencies. Law enforcement agencies were stratified jointly by two characteristics expected to affect investigative policies and practices: number of sworn officers (separated into less than 50, 50-99, 100-299, and 300+) and region of the country (Northeast, Midwest, South, and West).
Note
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (86-MC-CX-K036).
Availability
Delivery
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 6127 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR06127.v1
Publications
  • Collins, James J., Powers, Linda L., McCalla, Mary Ellen, Ringwalt, Christopher L., Lucas, Robert M.. Law Enforcement Policies and Practices Regarding Missing Children and Homeless Youth. Final Report.NCJ 143397, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 1993.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/143397NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Collins, James J., Powers, Linda L., McCalla, Mary Ellen, Ringwalt, Christopher L., Lucas, Robert M.. Law Enforcement Policies and Practices Regarding Missing Children and Homeless Youth. Research Summary.NCJ 145644, Research Triangle Institute. 1993.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/145644NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Collins, James J., McCalla, Mary Ellen, Powers, Linda L., Stutts, Ellen S.. The Police and Missing Children: Findings From a National Survey. NCJ 119910, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 1988.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/119910NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • RTI International. National Study of Law Enforcement Practices Regarding Missing Children and Homeless Youth: Phase II Report. NCJ 142368, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 1988.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/142368NCJRS.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-07-14 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Collins, James J.,; McCalla, Mary Ellen; Powers, Linda L.; Stutts, Ellen S. (1995): National Study of Law Enforcement Agencies' Policies Regarding Missing Children and Homeless Youth, 1986. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06127