News Release

Weisburd studying police stops, crime prevention, and community reaction

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor/Executive Director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, and co-Principal Investigator Robert Davis, Chief Social Scientist with the National Police Foundation, are working on a project titled: "Police Stops, Crime Prevention, and Community Reaction: A Randomized Field Experiment at Violent Crime Hot Spots."

The researchers seek to test whether police stops at violent crime hot spots carried out by police officers specially trained with regard to constitutional requirements and procedural justice will be effective at reducing crime without negatively impacting the community.

Weisburd and Davis will share supervisory responsibility for the project. Weisburd will oversee research design and data analysis and Davis will focus on project logistics and implementation.

A graduate associate will collect geocoded crime data pre-and post-intervention and prepare the data for analysis. The associate will work with the Police Foundation to geocode the data and select the street segments for each city and randomize them by block into experimental and control conditions. Site coordinators will then work with the graduate associate to sample households from each street segment as candidates for a community survey.

The National Police Foundation is carrying out the field coordination and survey work. It will also analyze data from the experiment and draft the final report.

Total funding for this project--from the National Institutes of Justice--will be $785,450. Funding for this project began in January 2020 and will conclude in late December 2021.


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