Study: No association between diversification of US police departments and clearance rates of crimes against minorities

Along with high rates of crime relative to other developed nations, the United States’ crime clearance rates—the rates at which crimes are solved—are alarmingly low. One way to raise crime clearance rates is to diversify police departments. A new study examined the effect of diversification of police departments on clearance of aggravated assaults in U.S. police agencies. None of the measures of representation studied were significantly associated with clearance of victims’ assaults.

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