"Making Better Use of Victims and Witnesses," in William Geller (ed.) Police
Leadership in America. New York: Praeger, 1985, 332-339.
Commissioning a series of essays on political focusing on "getting serious about crime control"
might imply that the principal route to that end is through law enforcement. This could be true,
but not if new energies are simply appended to the usual modes of policing. Rather, even at
the heart of the traditional police function–solving crimes and apprehending criminals–the
most cost-effective innovations must necessarily encourage more citizen involvement in
keeping the peace. This is because citizens hold a virtual monopoly over the key item
necessary to succeed in combating crime: information. Understanding how much and what
kind of information is out there and organizing to gather and use it more effectively could be
the key to making significant gains in real police productivity.
Victim Research Abstracts