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Angkor Research: The Impact of Police Posts on Crime and Safety in Cambodian Communes: An Assessment of Commune Police Post Construction 2011-2013

28 February 2014

Summary of publication

Angkor Research was contracted in November 2013 to assess the potential impact of the police posts built during the third phase of the Cambodia Criminal Justice Assistance Project (CCJAP III). The posts were built in 25 communes and 11 provinces, in the hope that new infrastructure would improve police effectiveness and community engagement, and reduce crime, thus improving community safety.

The limited sample size and relative rarity of crimes among surveyed respondents made the difference-in-difference (DID) analysis statistically  inconclusive.  Thus,  although  the  effect  of  new  posts  on  some  indicators  is  considerable,  we  cannot say with statistical confidence that police post construction was responsible for these changes. However,  the  overall  trends  across  indicators  suggest  that  police  posts  are  having  a  positive  effect  on  community perceptions of the police, police attitudes, and some types of crime.

Full publication

The Impact of Police Posts on Crime and Safety in Cambodian Communes: An Assessment of Commune Police Post Construction 2011-2013 [PDF 1.4 MB]

Last Updated: 7 July 2017

Category: Aid

Countries: Cambodia