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NCJ Number: 66135 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PROFILE OF AMERICAN POLICE LEADERSHIP
Author(s): R H ROGERS
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 151
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 73-NI-99-1009
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Format: Dissertation/Thesis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BASED ON QUESTIONNAIRES COMPLETED BY 500 STATE AND LOCAL POLICE OFFICIALS, THIS DISSERTATION PRESENTS A PROFILE OF AMERICAN POLICE LEADERSHIP WHICH INCLUDES DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS, CAREER INFORMATION, AND ATTITUDES TOWARD A 1967 PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Abstract: THIS PROJECT FIRST REVIEWED THEORIES ON LEADERSHIP, STUDIES CRITICIZING POLICE LEADERSHIP, AND SURVEYS OF POLICE AND GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES. FOLLOWING A PILOT STUDY, THE FINAL SURVEY INSTRUMENT FOCUSED ON POLICE PERCEPTIONS OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES. DATA WERE ALSO COLLECTED ON RESPONDENTS' AGENCIES AND SALARIES. A PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST, THE CHRISTIE'S TRADITIONAL-MORALISM SCALE, WAS INCLUDED. QUESTIONNAIRES WERE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES THROUGH PERSONAL CONTACTS AND PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS. THE 500 RESPONSES REPRESENTED A WIDE RANGE OF AGENCY TYPES, SIZES, AND GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS. USING PROGRAMS FROM THE STATISTICAL PACKAGE FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, THE DATA WERE ANALYZED BY COMPUTER. THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT POLICE LEADERS GENERALLY DO NOT ENDORSE THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS AND DO NOT APPROVE OF MOST SURVEY ITEMS WHICH PREDICTED FUTURE INNOVATIONS IN POLICE OPERATIONS. APPROVAL IN BOTH SITUATIONS WAS CORRELATED WITH HIGHER EDUCATIONAL LEVELS, WHEREAS THE AVERAGE EDUCATION FOR POLICE RESPONDENTS WAS 2 YEARS OF COLLEGE. THESE FINDINGS HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICYMAKERS WHO CONTINUE TO RECOMMEND CHANGES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT METHODS WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE ATTITUDES OF THE POLICE. STATISTICAL TABLES, APPROXIMATELY 100 REFERENCES, AND THE SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Leadership; Police attitudes; Police chiefs; Policing innovation; Surveys
Note: CLAREMONT COLLEGES GRADUATE SCHOOL - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION.
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