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Effects of Foot Patrol Policing in Boston, 1977-1985

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • Bowers, William
  • Hirsch, Jon
  • McDevitt, Jack
  • Pierce, Glenn
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1990-08-15
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
assault; auto theft; burglary; civil disorders; crime; foot patrol; larceny; murder; neighborhoods; police departments; police patrol; police response; rape
Description
  • Abstract

    This collection evaluates the impact of a new foot patrol plan, implemented by the Boston Police Department, on incidents of crime and neighborhood disturbances. Part 1 contains information on service calls by types of criminal offenses such as murder, rape, aggravated assault, simple assault, robbery, larceny, burglary, and auto theft. It also contains data on types of community disturbances such as noisy party, gang, or minor disturbance and response priority of the incidents. Response priorities are classified according to a four-level scale: Priority 1: emergency calls including crimes in progress, high risk or personal injury, and medical emergencies, Priority 2: calls of intermediate urgency, Priority 3: calls not requiring immediate response, Priority 4: calls of undetermined priority. Parts 2 and 3 include information about patrol time used in each of the three daily shifts during the pre- and post-intervention periods. Part 4 presents information similar to Parts 2 and 3 but the data span a longer period of time--approximately seven years.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Monthly Calls for Service Data
    • DS2: Police Activity Reports Data File 1
    • DS3: Police Activity Reports Data File 2
    • DS4: Police Activity Reports Data File 3
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-01 / 1985-07
    Time period: 1977-01--1985-07
  • 1984 / 1985
    Collection date: 1984--1985
Geographic Coverage
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All 911 calls received by the Boston Police Department from 1977 through 1985.
Sampling
Sampling consists of all calls for service and police activity data recorded in the Boston Police Department's computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system for relatively small geographical reporting areas in the city of Boston.
Note
2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 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 (84-IJ-CX-K035).
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
  • 9351 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09351.v1
Publications
  • Warner, Barbara D., Pierce, Glenn L.. Reexamining Social Disorganization Theory Using Calls to the Police as a Measure of Crime. Criminology.31, (4), 493-517.1993.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1993.tb01139.x (DOI)
  • Bowers, William J., Hirsch, Jon H.. The impact of foot patrol staffing on crime and disorder in Boston. American Journal of Police.6, (1), 17-44.1987.

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

Bowers, William; Hirsch, Jon; McDevitt, Jack; Pierce, Glenn (1990): Effects of Foot Patrol Policing in Boston, 1977-1985. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09351