The experiment demonstrated that urban police departments can successfully test patrol deployment strategies, and that they can manipulate patrol resources without jeopardizing public safety. The Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment is different from traditional patrol in numerous ways. Traditional Patrol deterred crime, and had a quick response time and maximized patrol coverage. Traditional Patrol calls were also classified by the seriousness of the call. The Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment consisted of three main key elements. The first main key element is the mission of crime prevention. The Kansa Prevention Patrol Experiment helped with the prevention of commercial burglaries, auto thefts, larcenies involving auto accessories, robberies, or vandalism. The second key element consists of the strategy of preventative patrol. Preventive patrol could safely be devoted to others, perhaps more productive, crime control strategies. More specifically, the results indicate that police deployment strategies could be based on targeted crime prevention and service goals rather than
on routine preventive patrol. The last key element is the organization strategy and how they controlled the experiment. Interestingly, citizens did not notice the difference when the level of patrol was changed.
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