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  • A term used by police departments to denote the completion of an investigation. Once a case has been cleared, the case has been solved. Recent research shows a steady decline in crime clearance rates; this decrease may be related to factors such as changes in the relationship between the offender and the victim, changes in police resources, different types of crimes being committed (e.g., Internet-based offenses), and reduced help from the public (decreased community willingness to assist the police in their investigations, particularly in urban areas). The less time that passes between the crime and the police's subsequent investigation and the more detectives assigned to a case, the more likely clearance rates will increase.


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