BWC Resource: Examining the Empirical Realities of Proactive Policing Through Systematic Observations and Computer-Aided Dispatch Data
Cynthia Lum, Christopher S. Koper, Xiaoyun Wu, William Johnson, and Megan Stoltz
This study, which addresses whether police proactivity as practiced on an everyday basis reflects optimal strategies and implementation methods as recommended by the NAS, was completed by analyzing almost 2 million computer-aided dispatch records from four agencies and systematically observing 84 officers for more than 180 hours to better understand the empirical realities of police proactivity. The findings indicate a major difference between the types of proactive interventions supported by research and the practice of everyday police proactivity.
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