• What is the purpose of major crime-reporting programs? What makes a successful crime-reporting program in the United States?
• How do crime rates relate to arrest rates and clearance rates? Is there a way to improve the correlation between crime rates, arrest rates, and clearance rates in the effort to combat criminal activity?
The purpose of major crime-reporting programs is to give a detailed depiction to big decision makers. They rely on this information to evaluate the programs we currently have in place in correlation with how they deter or alleviate crime. This also helps them develop new strategies to control crime more. With a detailed report on where crime takes place most often we will then know what places need more precincts or squad cars in place.
A successful crime reporting program is one that has accurate reporting from state to state which travels from agency to the next. We also need our crime reporting programs to be consistent in their reporting and uniformed in their structure and guidelines.
I don’t believe that there is the same amount of crimes actually committed, as there are arrest rates. Many people are arrested who turn out to innocent just the same as people who commit crimes often go without being arrested. I believe that if we eliminate things like racial profiling that would lower the amount of unfair arrests. In the same breath if we allocate more funds towards police stations in the areas in greater need I believe the crime rate will go down.