Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center faculty, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the ongoing Town Square Park crime survey being conducted in partnership with the Anchorage Police Department (APD). A Justice student researcher, Daniel Reinhard, and Dr. Payne, have been observing activity in the park over the past several weeks. APD Chief Mark Mew will be looking at the results of the study to determine the most effective way to combat crime in the park.
The Anchorage Downtown Partnership scheduled daily activities for the public in the park July 21 - 25. Dr. Payne will be evaluating the change in park use before and after those events based on the observations of activities over the study period. A report will be published later this year.
See the story: "Social Experiment in Downtown Park May Change Crime Patterns" by Mallory Peebles. KTUU Channel 2 News, 30 July 2014.