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No. 209, July 2017
 
3) Neighbourhood context of serious assaults on police
While evidence of social structural factors influencing violence against police exists, few studies spatially explore this phenomenon with geographical aggregations smaller than the city level. Maps show that incidents tend to cluster spatially, and multivariate analyses suggest that concentrated disadvantage and calls for service, but not other indicators, were significantly related to violence against the police. To decrease injurious assault on police, police administrators may want to refocus community policing efforts. While police are unable to eradicate poverty and other structural social problems, they are in a unique position to work with a variety of local government agencies to alleviate community concerns. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2017.1333120