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