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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Police protective custody: A systemic predictive model for police decision making and the reduction of referrals


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Title:Police protective custody: A systemic predictive model for police decision making and the reduction of referrals
Author(s):Brian L. Withrow, (School of Community Affairs, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA), Brien Bolin, (School of Social Work, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Citation:Brian L. Withrow, Brien Bolin, (2005) "Police protective custody: A systemic predictive model for police decision making and the reduction of referrals", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 28 Iss: 3, pp.473 - 492
Keywords:Child welfare, Law enforcement, United States of America
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13639510510614564 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – To document the police protective custody (PPC) process and in doing so develop a predictive model to better inform police decision makers on the factors that are more likely to result in the state maintaining custody of a child.

Design/methodology/approach – Data for the current study were gathered through a series of focus groups and 6,607 existing records of PPC admissions into a children's home in the Wichita Children's Home (WCH) (Kansas). Systematic predictive modeling (logistic regression) was used to differentiate between children that are likely to need continued involvement of the child welfare system and those who could remain in the custody of their families.

Findings – Documents the PPC process by which a child is referred to be housed by WCH by a law enforcement agency. Reports on the design of a decision model which identifies the factors affecting the outcome of the PPC process.

Originality/value – Provides recommendations for streamlining the PPC process as well as the improvement of police policies and procedures.



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