Determinants of Crime Analysis, Crime Mapping, Grant Writing and Other Innovations in Police Departments

Brion Sever, Monmouth University
Venessa Garcia, Monmouth University

Over the last couple of decades, there has been substantial research exploring the growth of police forces and their budgets. These studies, however, have rarely been extended to include specific facets of police departments, and there is very little information on factors that affect the differences in police technology and strategies across departments. The present study attempts to address this need by examining determinates of crime analysis and crime mapping strategies across the 119 largest police departments in New Jersey. Important factors of departments, including crime, revenue, poverty, spending, and grants are examined to determine if they influence innovative strategies across the departments. Moreover, perceptual data taken from interviews with crime analysis personnel are used to determine the departments' perspectives of crime analysis and grant writing, and any impacts they may have on the use of such innovative strategies. Policy implications of the findings will be discussed.

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