ERIC Number: ED400993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-26
Reference Count: N/A
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Survey of Police Chief Views of Effective Crime-Fighting Strategies.
McDevitt, Jack; Baum, Katrina
This report provides, in tabular and graphic format, the results of a national poll conducted for the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids campaign. The survey sought opinions of 780 police chiefs: all chiefs from cities with populations over 100,000, a sample of 288 chiefs from cities of less than 25,000, and a sample of 292 chiefs from cities of between 25,000 and 100,000. Survey results indicated that more than 90 percent of policy chiefs agreed that crime could be reduced if government invested more in programs to help children and youth get a good start by funding Head Start, preventing child abuse, providing parenting training for high-risk families, improving schools, and providing after school programs and mentoring. Results were similar across region and city size. The crime fighting strategy ranked as "most effective" over the long-term was to increase investment in programs to help all children and youth get a good start (selected by 60 percent). Other crime fighting strategies were ranked as follows: trying juveniles in court proceedings as adults (16 percent); hiring additional police officers (17 percent); and making parents legally liable when their children commit crimes (26 percent). In the tables and graphs comprising virtually all of this document, results are delineated by city size and by region. The appendix provides a further breakdown by city size among cities with populations over 100,000. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA. Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research.