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CentrePiece article
Do Computers Help Police Fight Crime?
Luis Garicano and Paul Heaton
February 2008
Paper No' CEPCP247:
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CentrePiece 12 (3) Winter 2008

Increased computerisation results in more effective crime-fighting - but only if police work is reorganised to take advantage of the presence of computers. That is the central conclusion of a study of the impact of information technology on the organisation and productivity of US police departments by Paul Heaton and Luis Garicano.

The research finds that in cities like New York, computers plus an integrated information and management system for policing increased crime clearance rates.

This article summarises Information Technology, Organisation and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence from Police Departments by Luis Garicano and Paul Heaton, CEP Discussion Paper No. 826