Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Measuring Police Unit Performance

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_189


Although police performance measurement has gotten increased attention in recent decades (Shane 2007; Fleming and Scott 2008; Davis 2012), it has been a longstanding concern of scholars and policy makers (Lind and Lipsky 1971; Parks 1971). The ability to measure how well the police are performing is central to notions of police effectiveness, accountability, reform, and the current emphasis on evidence-based policing. Without accurate performance measurement, aspirations toward implementation of strategic policing, scientific policing, and a new approach to police professionalism (Weisburd and Neyroud 2011; Stone and Travis 2011) are mostly rhetoric, not reality.
Table 1

Unit measures for a police district or precinct


District/Precinct measures

Reduce crime

 Reported violent crime per 100,000 population

Reported property crime per 100,000 population

Hold offenders accountable

 Clearance rate for crimes investigated at the district/precinct level

Conviction rate for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeKutztown UniversityKutztownUSA