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Police Accreditation and Clearance Rates

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  • Doerner, William M.
  • Doerner, William G.

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The purpose of this paper is to examine whether accredited police agencies display higher clearance rates than their non-accredited counterparts. The study group consists of all municipal police departments operating continuously in the State of Florida from 1997 through 2006. Independent variables capture organizational characteristics for nearly 260 agencies to determine whether becoming accredited improves clearance rates. Random-effects tobit analysis suggests that accreditation status does not affect violent and property crime clearance rates. Clearance rates are more influenced by the number of sworn personnel and law enforcement expenditures per capita. Instead of advancing the protection of local communities and bringing about meaningful organizational reform, accreditation appears to be a useful tool for bureaucrats who wish to further their own careers.

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  • Doerner, William M. & Doerner, William G., 2010. "Police Accreditation and Clearance Rates," MPRA Paper 86547, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Aug 2010.
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    Keywords

    Police; Accreditation; Innovation; Police reform; Performance management;
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    JEL classification:

    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • H76 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Other Expenditure Categories
    • K0 - Law and Economics - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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