Ecological Predictors and Police Allocation Policy

Woodrow Jones

DOI: 10.2190/Q6A9-FA46-L2L2-90RH


Ecological predictors are major factors influencing the design and allocation of police units. The ecological approach encompasses a variety of environmental variables which determine environmental composition of the police district. This study indicates that these variables are effective discriminators of police allocation policy. The classification of police districts is supportive of the general conclusion that the ecological dimension is important for police deployment in large cities.

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