skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 228145 Find in a Library
Title: New Era of Policing?: An Examination of Texas Police Chiefs' Perceptions of Homeland Security
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:20  Issue:3  Dated:September 2009  Pages:290-309
Author(s): Daniel M. Stewart; Robert G. Morris
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 20
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined Texas police chiefs’ perceptions of homeland security as a strategy for policing, and the factors that influenced such perceptions.
Abstract: One of the primary findings of this research study indicates that, while many chiefs believed homeland security to be the dominant strategy of the police institution, few believe that their respective departments have undergone such a transformation. The strongest predictor found of a chief perceiving homeland security as his/her department’s dominant strategy was his/her perceptions concerning whether the entire institution had adopted homeland security, and vice versa. In addition, the findings indicate that perceptions of Federal collaboration and preparedness were significant predictors of a chief’s departmental homeland security perceptions. In regards to department size, chiefs of very small departments were more likely to report homeland security as their dominant strategy in relation to chiefs of larger departments. Many claims have been made about the impact of September 11 on policing, specifically concerning how the resulting homeland security roles and responsibilities have thrust the institution into a new era demanding a change in strategy. In examining the validity of these claims, a sample of 208 Texas police chiefs was surveyed concerning their perceptions of homeland security as a strategy for local law enforcement. In addition, factors that influenced those perceptions were examined. Tables, appendix, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Police emergency planning
Index Term(s): Civil defense; Domestic terrorism; Future of policing; National security; Perception; Police chiefs; Police effectiveness; Police planning; Policing innovation; Texas
Note: For additional articles see NCJ-228142-44 and NCJ-228146-49.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.