An Empirical Investigation of More Police Time: Crime and Midsize Cities, 1990 v. 2000

22 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2005  

Douglas Goodman

University of Puget Sound

Bruce Mann

University of Puget Sound - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 25, 2005

Abstract

We find more police reduces crime. Our results suggest crime can be reduced if personally assigned vehicles enhance officer productivity and increase police visibility. Program efficacy declines as an economy's condition improves. We introduce the size of the police force variable in a novel manner that shows on the margin the number of police does matter. We also find evidence to indicate that local efforts to minimize vacant buildings will benefit the community by suppressing criminal activity and reported crime, at least partial support for the "broken windows" policy for community policing.

Keywords: crime, police, vehicle use

JEL Classification: K42, H41

Suggested Citation

Goodman, Douglas and Mann, Bruce, An Empirical Investigation of More Police Time: Crime and Midsize Cities, 1990 v. 2000 (July 25, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=770385 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.770385

Douglas Goodman (Contact Author)

University of Puget Sound ( email )

Tacoma, WA 98416
253-879-3596 (Phone)

Bruce D. Mann

University of Puget Sound - Department of Economics ( email )

Tacoma, WA 98416

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