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NCJ Number: 136832 Find in a Library
Title: Rural Police Job Functions
Journal: Police Studies  Volume:14  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1991)  Pages:180-187
Author(s): B Maguire; W Faulkner; R Mathers; C Rowland; J F Wozniak
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since the police literature says little about rural policing and virtually nothing about rural police job functions, this study provides an exploratory and descriptive up-to-date discussion of rural policing with police job functions being the organizing theme.
Abstract: The data presented in this article were collected in 1987-88 as part of a larger study of rural policing. During this time mail questionnaires were sent to a rural county sample of law enforcement agencies in Illinois (counties that employed 30 or fewer full-time officers were designated "rural"). The sample consisted of 283 rural police officers in 28 counties. In addition to the questionnaire, researchers made site visits to two counties. Telephone interviews were conducted with a sample of community residents in two counties regarding their perceptions of police tasks, and personal interviews were conducted with some leading citizens in the two counties. The police questionnaire specified the following five job functions with definitional examples: administrative duties, patrol, community service, law enforcement, and keeping order. Findings were obtained from 151 completed and returned questionnaires. The primary finding of the study is that rural policing is qualitatively distinct from urban and suburban policing. Rural police are generalists rather than specialists; they spend considerable time on all of the activities of the five job functions. 8 tables and 21 references
Main Term(s): Rural policing
Index Term(s): Australia; Foreign police; Police attitudes; Police responsibilities
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