The Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment


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What was the purpose of the Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment?

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1. Most people, to include law enforcement agencies, policy makers and the general public, believe that increasing police patrols will have a deterrent effect. Which of the following is an example of deterrence in relation to increased police patrols?

2. In the Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment, researchers divided the South Patrol District into three areas, or 'beats.' Which of the following beat is the one designed to see if crime decreased if patrols were increased in that area.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and corresponding worksheet to quickly assess what you know about the Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment. You should be familiar with various aspects of this experiment and its results in order to correctly answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will successfully complete this assessment if you are able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment
  • Note an example of how increased police patrols would deter crime
  • Name which 'beat' designated by this experiment was used to see if increased patrols led to a decrease in crime
  • Define 'residual deterrence'
  • Describe how increased patrols have reduced fear of crime

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as why the Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment was conducted
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define 'residual deterrence'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the decrease in the fear of crime resulting from increased patrols

Additional Learning

You can gain a deeper insight into this topic by reviewing the lesson titled The Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment. Details discussed in this lesson include:

  • What year this experiment was conducted
  • What theory was tested with the Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment
  • Which four sources were used to collect data from this experiment
  • Which factors may have distorted the findings of this experiment