Police Officer on the Frontline or a Soldier? The Effect of Police Militarization on Crime

  title={Police Officer on the Frontline or a Soldier? The Effect of Police Militarization on Crime},
  author={Vincenzo Bove and Evelina Gavrilova},
  journal={American Economic Journal: Economic Policy},
  • V. BoveE. Gavrilova
  • Published 31 July 2017
  • Law, Political Science
  • American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Sparked by high-profile confrontations between police and citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere, many commentators have criticized the excessive militarization of law enforcement. We investigate whether surplus military-grade equipment acquired by local police departments from the Pentagon has an effect on crime rates. We use temporal variations in US military expenditure and between-counties variation in the odds of receiving a positive amount of military aid to identify the causal… 

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