48 FUTURE TRENDS IN POLICING 3. What changes in delivery of services do you anticipate in the next 2 to 5 years? (Select all that apply) Services Increase in next 2-5 years Decrease in next 2-5 years Do not anticipate change N responding to frequency question Telephone crime reporting 60.7% (n=71) 2.6% (n=3) 36.8% (n=43) N=117 Online crime reporting 82.1% (n=119) 0 17.9% (n=26) N=145 911 dispatchers send/ receive texts 74.4% (n=122) 0 25.6% (n=42 N=164 Reverse 911 60.0% (n=66) 0.9% (n=1) 39.1% (n=43) N=110 Officers respond to calls for service via telephone 41.4% (n=60) 2.1% (n=3) 56.6% (n=82) N=145 Crime victims can check case status online 59.0% (n=102) 0 41.0% (n=71) N=173 Follow up calls to crime victims 54.8% (n=69) 9.5% (n=12) 35.7% (n=45) N=126 Follow up calls to those who report crime 39.9% (n=55) 10.1% (n=14) 50.0% (n=69) N=138 Non-sworn response to certain calls for service 56.6% (n=82) 1.4% (n=2) 42.1% (n=61) N=145 The majority of respondents (82.1 percent) anticipate an increase in the use of online crime reporting in the next 2–5 years. Other trends that many foresee increasing are: 911 dispatchers sending/receiving text messages (74.4 percent), telephone crime reporting (60.7 percent), reverse 911 (60.0 percent), case status check online for victims (59.0 percent), and non-sworn response to certain calls for service (56.6 percent). Very few agencies predict that any of the listed service delivery methods will decrease in the next 2–5 years. However, 56.6 percent do not anticipate a change in officers responding to calls for service via telephone, and 50.0 percent believe follow-up calls to those who report crime will not change. 4. What are the minimum education requirements for incoming recruits? Education 5 years ago Current Expected in 5 years (N=137) (N=184) (N=153) High school 66.4% (n=91) 69.0% (n=127) 38.6% (n=59) Some college 13.1% (n=18) 10.3% (n=19) 26.1% (n=40) 2-year degree 16.8% (n=23) 16.8% (n=31) 24.2% (n=37) 4-year degree 3.6% (n=5) 3.8% (n=7) 11.1% (n=17) About two thirds of responding agencies required a minimum of a high school diploma five years ago (66.4 percent) and currently (69.0 percent). However, only 38.6 percent of agencies believe that will be the case in five years—50.3 percent of respondents anticipate requiring either some college or a two year degree and 11 percent requiring a four year degree.
Appendixes 49 CRIME TRENDS AND CRIME FIGHTING STRATEGIES 5. What three crimes or issues do you think will have the greatest impact on public safety in your community in the next 2 to 5 years (e.g., burglary, robbery, or aggravated assault)? (Fill in blanks below) Violent Crime 251 Robbery 92 Aggravated Assault 70 Homicide 20 Gang Crime 19 Domestic Violence 16 Gun Crime 15 General Violent Crime 11 Sexual Assault 8 Property Crime 215 Burglary 119 Theft 26 Larceny 23 General Property Crime 20 Financial Crime/Fraud 17 Auto Theft 10 Other Crime 96 Drug Crime 37 Other Crime* 32 Internet/Cybercrime 19 Impaired Driving 8 *Examples of responses classified as “Other Crime” include prostitution, traffic offenses, human smuggling, crime against elders, parolee crime, and mental illness. Respondents identified burglary (n=119), robbery (n=92), and [non-sexual/firearm] aggravated assault (n=70) as the three crimes having the greatest impact on public safety in their community. Responses were split rather evenly between violent crimes (n=251) and property crimes (n=215). Drug crime (n=37) was also a common response.
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