Impact of Tenant Patrols on Crime

Michael Sabath, San Diego State University

The proposed project will evaluate the housing authority's Public Housing Drug Elimination Program (PHDEP). The goals of the project are to: (1) evaluate the overall impact of PHDEP components, with emphasis on the use of tenant partrols to reduce drug-related crime and the effects of acculturation on use of drug elimination programs and services by Hispanic residents; and (2) establish and institutionalize research and analytic capabilities within the housing authority to support future programmatic decision-making. The proposed research will employ a multiple perspectives approach and use focus group discussions to involve broad-based participation from housing authority officials, residents, and local police. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted with a panel of approximately 400 housing residents before and after a 12 month period of program operation. Interviews will measure crime activity, victimization, knowledge of PHDEP components, use of program components, police/tenant patrol contacts, attitudes toward police and tenant patrols, acculturation, language ability, and perceptions of program performance. Official crime reports from the police and incident reports on crime activity from the housing authority will be collected. A quasi-experimental design will be used to assess the impact of tenant patrols. Pre/post data will be analyzed to identify changes in outcomes, and comparisons between experimental and control groups will be made.

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Updated 05/20/2006