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Published by U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice in Washington, DC .
Written in English


  • Police patrol -- Research -- Methodology.,
  • Community policing -- Research -- Methodology.,
  • Police -- Research -- Methodology.,
  • Participant observation.

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Edition Notes

StatementStephen D. Mastrofski ... [et al.].
SeriesResearch report, Research report (National Institute of Justice (U.S.))
ContributionsMastrofski, Stephen D., National Institute of Justice (U.S.)
LC ClassificationsHV8080.P2 S93 1998
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 43 p. ;
Number of Pages43
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL68077M
LC Control Number99166829

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