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NCJ Number: 68867 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SOUTH DAKOTA TELETYPE STUDY
Author(s): S FLYGER; L MERRICK
Corporate Author: South Dakota Division of Law Enforcement Assistance
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
South Dakota Criminal Justice Cmssn
Pierre, SD 57501
South Dakota Division of Law Enforcement Assistance
Pierre, SD 57501
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 8-01-01-001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY DISCUSSES CURRENT LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TELETYPE, FUTURE ALTERNATIVES FOR THE SYSTEM, AND POSSIBLE CHANGES IN FUNDING SOURCES.
Abstract: SOUTH DAKOTA EMPLOYS A ONE-WAY TELETYPE SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN STATE AGENCIES AND FOR TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION (ON STOLEN GOODS, WANTED CRIMINALS, WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS, AND VEHICLE AND DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKS) FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. THE SOUTH DAKOTA TELETYPE NETWORK OF 94 USER AGENCIES COOPERATES WITH THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, A NATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEM NETWORK OF 49 STATES, AND THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER, THE COMPUTER CENTER OPERATED BY THE FBI. BECAUSE LEAA FUNDING OF THE SYSTEM WOULD BE TERMINATED AFTER 1980, USER AGENCIES WERE SURVEYED TO DETERMINE CURRENT ASSESSMENT AND FUTURE FUNDING CAPABILITIES. THE 71 RESPONDENTS SHOWED AN OVERALL HIGH LEVEL OF USER SATISFACTION, SPECIFICALLY CITING TELETYPE'S SPEED AND ACCURACY. MOREOVER, SOME STATE HIGHWAY PATROL COMPONENTS AND LOCAL POLICE AND SHERIFF'S OFFICES EXPRESSED THE NEED FOR INCREASED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES. ON THE OTHER HAND, DISSATISFIED RESPONDENTS IDENTIFIED MECHANICAL DIFFICULTIES AND EXPENSES AS MAJOR DRAWBACKS. LESS THAN HALF THE RESPONDING USERS REPORTED SUFFICIENT STAFF TO CONTINUOUSLY OPERATE THE TELETYPE MACHINE. ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF LOCAL LEVEL RESPONDENTS WERE WILLING TO INCREASE THEIR FUNDING OF THE SYSTEM, BUDGETARY CONCERNS WERE CLEARLY AN ISSUE. THE FOUR FORMER USERS SURVEYED REVEALED THAT THE COST OF MAINTAINING THEIR OWN TERMINALS FORCED THEM EITHER TO SHARE A TERMINAL WITH ANOTHER AGENCY OR TO RELY ON A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT'S ASSISTANCE. WHEN QUESTIONED ON WHETHER THE COST OF TWO-WAY TELETYPES COULD BE JUSTIFIED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, 32 PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS AGREED, 45 PERCENT DISAGREED, AND 22 PERCENT HAD NO OPINION. ON THE STATE LEVEL A TWO-WAY TELETYPE SYSTEM WOULD INCREASE ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE TRANSMISSIONS, RESULTING IN ANTICIPATED SAVINGS IN PHONE AND POSTAGE EXPENSES AND PERSONNEL COSTS. RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS AND DATA TABLES ARE APPENDED.
Index Term(s): Budgets; Financial management; Funding sources; Law Enforcement Teleprinter System; Operating costs; Police attitudes; South Dakota; Surveys
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