"Improving Homicide Clearance Rates: Moving Beyond 'Do Police Matter'"Charles Wellford

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

395 McNeil Building 
3718 Locust Walk

Charles Franklin Wellford is an American criminologist, emeritus professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland–College Park. He previously served as the department's chair. In 1996, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice there established the Charles Wellford Fellowship in his honor. Since 1995, he has been the chair of the University of Maryland's Athletic Council. He was the president of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) during 1995-96.
Abstract. Since the 1970's the rate of homicide and other serious crimes has declined. Beginning in the 1990's the rate of homicides declined while clearance rates remained steady or continued declining. This talk addresses the decline in homicide clearances by focusing on what distinguishes agencies with high and low levels of clearance. Using case, investigative and organizational characteristics we seek to understand the role of each separately and in combination in explaining differences in agency clearances. The implications of our findings for police agencies are discussed.