Dynamics of Law Enforcement Perceptions of Gangs Over Time

G. David Curry, University of Missouri - St. Louis

In a number of ways, the National Youth Gang Surveys were intended as an effort to emulate the official records approach of the Uniform Crime Reports. Issues of validity and reliability for specific "official" measures over time are explored. An effort will be made to identify which measures from what kinds of jurisdictions can be used to draw conclusions about the scope and dynamics of gang crime problems for the U.S.

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