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NCJ Number: 10827 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: DETERMINANTS OF POLICE BEHAVIOR
Author(s): D CRUSE; J RUBIN
Corporate Author: Miami Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1972
Page Count: 244
Sponsoring Agency: Miami Police Dept
Miami, FL 33133
National Technical Information Service
Springfield, VA 22151
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 70-038
Publication Number: U
Sale Source: National Technical Information Service
US Dept of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DISCUSSION OF A METHODOLOGY FOR ANALYZING POLICE BEHAVIOR AND EXAMINING THE INTERRELATIONSHIP OF VARIABLES WHICH EFFECT POLICE PATROL PERFORMANCE.
Abstract: IT WAS THE GOAL OF THE STUDY TO INTERRELATE FATIGUE, STRESS, CITIZEN BEHAVIOR, TYPE OF CALL, NEIGHBORHOOD, SHIFT, DAY OF WEEK, NUMBER OF CITIZENS, TYPE OF CITIZENS, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL VARIABLES (AS MEASURED BY A STANDARDIZED, SELF-ADMINISTERED PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST) TO VARIATIONS IN POLICE BEHAVIOR IN ORDER TO SEE WHICH WERE DETERMINING FACTORS IN POLICE BEHAVIOR. A GROUP OF FOUR OBSERVING PATROLMEN WERE TRAINED IN BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATION TECHNIQUES. A GROUP OF TWELVE RADIO-PATROLMEN TO BE OBSERVED WERE SELECTED RANDOMLY, EXCEPT FOR THE CRITERIA THAT THEY MUST REPRESENT VARYING LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE FORCE. FOR A SIX MONTH PERIOD, THE OBSERVING PATROLMEN RODE WITH OBSERVED PATROLMEN ON A PRE-DETERMINED ROTATING SCHEDULE AND OVER 1000 POLICECITIZEN INTERACTIONS INVOLVING OVER 1400 CITIZENS WERE ANALYZED. SELECTED RESULTS OF THE STUDY INCLUDE - (1) THE PATROLMEN STUDIED SPEND THE MAJORITY OF THEIR TIME IN GENERAL SERVICE AND PEACE KEEPING OPERATIONS, WITH VERY LITTLE TIME DEVOTED TO ACTUAL CRIME FIGHTING ACTIVITIES. THE LARGEST SINGLE BLOCK OF TIME WHICH POLICE SPEND IS SIMPLY RIDING AROUND ON PREVENTIVE PATROL, WRITING REPORTS, AND TAKING BREAKS. (2) MOST POLICE-CITIZEN CONTACT IS THE RESULT OF A RADIO INITIATED CALL. (3) ON THE WHOLE, POLICE-CITIZEN INTERACTIONS INVOLVE VERY LITTLE VIOLENCE. (4) AN ANALYSIS OF THE CITIZEN ROLES WITH WHOM POLICE COME IN CONTACT REVEALS THAT HE MOST OFTEN CONTACTS PEOPLE HE BELIEVES TO BE OFFENDERS. (5) MEASURES OF CITIZEN BEHAVIOR REVEALS THAT CITIZENS ON THE WHOLE ARE EXTREMELY DOCILE WHEN CONFRONTING POLICEMEN. (6) APPROXIMATELY 6 PERCENT OF POLICE CALLS WERE PERCEIVED BY THE OBSERVER AS BEING STRESSFUL, AND (7) THE THE AMOUNT OF STRESS PRESENT IN A SITUATION SEEMS TO HAVE A GOOD DEAL OF EFFECT ON THE BEHAVIOR OF THE OFFICER. DOCUMENT SUMMARY IS NCJ-10828 (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Behavior under stress; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Behavioral science research; Conflict resolution; Florida; Individual behavior; Performance requirements; Personality; Personnel selection; Police community relations; Police manpower deployment; Testing and measurement; Work loads
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