V. Situational Factors Affecting Police Discretion

Description of Figure V.19

Figure V.19 Overall ranking of situational factors affecting police decision-making with youth

Figure V.19 shows the overall ranking of situational factors affecting police decision-making with youth

  • Seriousness 100%
  • Harm done 100%
  • Presence of weapon 98%
  • Prior record 97%
  • Demeanour 71%
  • Victim preference 56%
  • Parental involvement 48%
  • Home/school situations 42%
  • Gang related crime 39%
  • Age 28%
  • Gang affiliation 22%
  • Group v. lone offender 14%
  • Location/time of day 13%
  • Use of alcohol/drugs 11%
  • Victim-offender relationship 10%
  • Adult co-offender 9%
  • Type of victim 3%
  • Gender 1%
  • Race 0%
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