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- 02-13-2007, 04:43 PM #1
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Study finds silver lining
Study finds silver lining
Police work may offset effects of high poverty, unemployment
As bad as Cincinnati's homicide rate is, high levels of poverty and unemployment in the city cause crime researchers to conclude that it could be worse.
That could mean that Cincinnati's police force is actually more effective than most police forces in dealing with violent crime, according to a new study from Georgia State University.
Cincinnati had 79 homicides in 2005 - enough to place it eighth among the nation's big cities in its per-capita homicide rate. But the study released Feb. 2 by the Improving Crime Data project suggests that Cincinnati's ranking would be lower - about 19th - if the city's poverty rate, unemployment rate, divorce rate and other "crime-producing factors" weren't so high.
While still high, that would put it behind cities considered safer, such as Columbus and Indianapolis.
Here's another way to look at it: Given Cincinnati's population, the criminologists would have expected Cincinnati to have more like 85 homicides in 2005. The researchers say that's an inexact number, however, and place more emphasis on their adjusted rankings.
So why didn't Cincinnati have more killings? After controlling for all those other factors, one big factor is left over: the effectiveness of the local police department.
"If law enforcement were just doing a terrible job in Cincinnati, then Cincinnati would likely have a higher rank," said Richard B. Rosenfeld, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and one of the authors of the study. "As I recall, from news I read awhile back, that's not inconsistent with what your mayor was saying awhile back."
Mayor Mark Mallory, however, said he doesn't take much solace in the study.
"I think the situation is that there is a community standard that is not statistical. And our murder rate is beyond that community standard, and it's beyond the point where people are comfortable," he said. "There is no statistical analysis that can be done that makes people feel safe."
Police Chief Thomas H. Streicher Jr. could not be reached for comment last week. But the study validates his previous protests that the city's homicide numbers - taken alone - shouldn't be used as a report card for the city's crime-fighting strategy.
The study, funded by the U.S. Justice Department, looked at 2005 data, when the city had 79 homicides. That number increased to a modern record of 89 in 2006 - but as many as nine of those could be classified as justifiable, and so wouldn't be included in the final statistics reported to the FBI
- 02-13-2007, 05:35 PM #2
Let me see
Crime is high but could be higher. Murder is high and increasing but could be worst. Give me a break we can always say something could be worst instead of trying to improve things. Without illegals and their crimes maybe the police would be able to make then better. Without illegals and anchor babies stealing benefits and jobs, maybe the people would be employed and provety would decrease.
The study is worthless.