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Crime Stoppers: A National Evaluation of Program Operations and Effects, 1984

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Rosenbaum, Dennis P.
  • Lurigio, Arthur J.
  • Lavrakas, Paul J.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1990-10-16
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
arrests; attitudes; community involvement; community policing; Crime Stoppers programs; crime prevention; criminal justice system; police; police investigations; program evaluation
Description
  • Abstract

    The goal of this data collection was to answer three basic questions about the Crime Stoppers (CS) program, a program encouraging citizen involvement in averting crime and apprehending suspects. First, how does Crime Stoppers work in theory and in practice? Second, what are the opinions and attitudes of program participants toward the Crime Stoppers program? Third, how do various components of the program such as rewards, anonymity, use of informants, and media participation affect criminal justice outcome measures such as citizen calls and arrests? This collection marks the first attempt to examine the operational procedures and effectiveness of Crime Stoppers programs in the United States. Police coordinators and board chairs of local Crime Stoppers programs described their perceptions of and attitudes toward the Crime Stoppers program. The Police Coordinator File includes variables such as the police coordinator's background and experience, program development and support, everyday operations and procedures, outcome statistics on citizen calls (suspects arrested, property recovered, and suspects prosecuted), reward setting and distribution, and program relations with media, law enforcement, and the board of directors. Also available in this file are data on citizen calls received by the program, the program's arrests and clearances, and the program's effects on investigation procedure. The merged file contains data from police coordinators and from Crime Stoppers board members. Other variables include city population, percent of households living in poverty, percent of white population, number of Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Part I crimes involved, membership and performance of the board, fund raising methods, and ratings of the program.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Police Coordinator File
    • DS2: Merged File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-02 / 1984-05
    Time period: 1984-02--1984-05
  • 1984-02 / 1984-05
    Collection date: 1984-02--1984-05
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All Crime Stoppers programs in the United States.
Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-KO50).
Availability
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9349 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Lavrakas, Paul J., Rosenbaum, Dennis P., Lurigio, Arthur J.. Media cooperation with police: The case of crime stoppers. The Media and Criminal Justice Policy.Springfield, IL: Thomas. 1990.
  • Rosenbaum, Dennis P., Lurigio, Arthur J., Lavrakas, Paul J.. Enhancing citizen participation and solving serious crime: A national evaluation of the Crime Stoppers programs. Crime and Delinquency.35, (3), 401-420.1989.
    • ID: 10.1177/0011128789035003006 (DOI)
  • Rosenbaum, D.P., Lurigio, A.J., Lavrakas, P.J.. 'Crime Stoppers'--A National Evaluation. Research in Brief.Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. 1986.
  • Rosenbaum, Dennis P., Lurigio, Arthur J., Lavrakas, Paul J.. 'Crime Stoppers': A National Evaluation of Program Operations and Effects, Executive Summary. NCJ 103056, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1986.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/103056NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Rosenbaum, Dennis P., Lurigio, Arthur J., Lavrakas, Paul J.. 'Crime Stoppers': A National Evaluation of Program Operations and Effects, Final Report. NCJ 103057, Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. 1986.
  • Rosenbaum, Dennis P., Lurigio, Arthur J.. 'Crime Stoppers' - A New Psychological Twist in the Battle Against Crime. NCJ 103269, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. .

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

Rosenbaum, Dennis P.; Lurigio, Arthur J.; Lavrakas, Paul J. (1990): Crime Stoppers: A National Evaluation of Program Operations and Effects, 1984. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09349.v1