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Police Patrol Experiment / Kansas City #468587

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 09, 1973
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(Studio) Theory that more police cars reduce crime rate questioned in Kansas City, Missouri.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber

(Kansas City, Missouri) Crime rate average; police force considered excellent. Force formerly headed by FBI director Clarence Kelley. Purpose of experiment reviewed. Details of experiment outlined. Experiment proves crime rate in unpatrolled areas dropped fraction of 1%; incrd. patrols in areas led to incrd. crime. [Chief of police Joseph McNAMARA - believes results surprised all in law enforcement.] Citizens react to police visibility in neighborhoods. [Consultant Thomas SWEENEY - thinks public uses presence of police officers as emotional crutch for safety. Most crime doesn't occur on streets.] Many police on patrol not surprised by experiment's results. [Patrolman Timothy SPELLMAN - believes cruising neighborhood does little good to prevent crime.] Results could signal change in patrol procedure. [SWEENEY - doesn't believe law enforcement should pander to false image.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Kansas City surveys 1200 families with regard to experiment. Possible changes to be made through survey findings. NBC to report on other changes in police depts. all over country in effort to cope with crime problem.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber

Briggs, Fred;
Kalber, Floyd

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