The Effect of an Increased Police Presence on Neighborhood Crime Rates

Bradley T. Brick, Georgia State University

The practice of community oriented policing (COP) is rapidly becoming a popular tool for policing "problem" areas of cities. The present study seeks to investigate the effect that community-policing procedures has on cime rates within neighborhoods. Using time-series analysis on data from Baltimore spanning the years of 1970-1992, I will examine the changes in neighborhood crime rates and whether community-oriented policing procedures (i.e., COP) are associated with the changes.

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