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Calling the Police: Citizen Reporting of Serious Crime, 1979

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
Creator
  • Spelman, William
  • Brown, Dale K.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1985-03-18
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
assault; auto theft; burglary; citizen crime reporting; larceny; offenses; police citizen interactions; police protection; police reports; rape; robbery; victims; witnesses
Description
  • Abstract

    This dataset replicates the citizen reporting component of POLICE RESPONSE TIME ANALYSIS, 1975 (ICPSR 7760). Information is included on 4,095 reported incidents of aggravated assault, auto theft, burglary, larceny/theft offenses, forcible rape, and robbery. The data cover citizen calls to police between April 21 and December 7, 1979. There are four files in this collection, one each for Jacksonville, Florida, Peoria, Illinois, Rochester, New York, and San Diego, California. The data are taken from police dispatch records and police interviews of citizens who requested police assistance. Variables taken from the dispatch records include the dispatch time, call priority, police travel time, age, sex, and race of the caller, response code, number of suspects, and area of the city in which the call originated. Variables taken from the citizen interviews include respondent's role in the incident (victim, caller, victim-caller, witness-caller), incident location, relationship of caller to victim, number of victims, identification of suspect, and interaction with police.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Jacksonville, Florida
    • DS2: Peoria, Illinois
    • DS3: Rochester, New York
    • DS4: San Diego, California
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-04-21 / 1979-12-07
    Time period: 1979-04-21--1979-12-07
  • 1979-04-21 / 1979-12-07
    Collection date: 1979-04-21--1979-12-07
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Jacksonville
  • New York (state)
  • Peoria
  • Rochester (New York)
  • San Diego
  • United States
Note
2006-01-18 File CB8185.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (78-NI-AX-0107).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8185 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Spelman, William, Brown, Dale K.. Calling the Police: Citizen Reporting of Serious Crime. National Institute of Justice Research Report.NCJ 82276, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1984.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/82276NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Anonymous. Calling the Police: Citizen Reporting of Serious Crime. Police Chief.1982.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Spelman, William; Brown, Dale K. (1985): Calling the Police: Citizen Reporting of Serious Crime, 1979. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08185.v1