Can Police Improve Homicide Clearance Rates?

November 28, 2017

Anthony A. Braga (Northeastern University) and Desiree Dusseault (Boston Police Department)

This policy brief begins with a short review of the body of research evidence on the effectiveness of criminal investigators in solving crimes and the factors associated with homicide clearance rates. The development and key components of the BPD homicide clearance intervention are subsequently presented. The following sections detail the data and statistical models discuss the results. The concluding section summarizes our findings and discusses policy implications. used in our impact evaluation, and discuss the results. The concluding section summarizes our findings and discusses policy implications.

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Can Police Improve Homicide Clearance Rates?

Research Excerpt

The BPD homicide unit increased the yearly homicide clearance rate by nearly 10%, and these improvements in Boston's homicide clearance rate were robust to case characteristics and the community contexts in which the investigations occurred.

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