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Title: Police Interaction and Referral Activity With Personnel of Other Social Regulatory Agencies - A Multivariate Analysis
Author(s): K W Johnson
Date Published: 1971
Page Count: 181
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 69-NI-164
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Part of a larger evaluation research project, this study, centered in Muskegon, Mich., describes police officers' interaction and referral activity patterns with personnel of juvenile probation, department of social services (DSS), and community action against poverty (CAAP).
Abstract: The study also involved locating important predictor variables for future consideration when constructing a change model designed to manipulate these police behaviors. The study sought to determine the applicability of a multivariate data analysis to research in the area of interorganizational relations. Data were primarily obtained from a self-administered questionnaire to which 69 Muskegon police officers responded, out of a total of 76 officers. Questionnaire information also was obtained from 10 persons in juvenile probation, 57 in DSS, and 12 in CAAP, in order to make specific comparisons between police and members of these agencies. The questionnaire sought to measure police behavior with other agency personnel, social-psychological variables, and several structural variables. A cluster analysis technique was used to develop composite scores for the activities of interaction and referral. Study results showed that police officrs had the highest level of interaction and referral with juvenile probation, then DSS, and CAAP, respectively. Other results are also discussed. Among the implications of the study is the observation that social-psychological variables are poor predictors of police behavior with personnel of supportive-type agencies. The study also showed that multivariate data analysis techniques are extremely useful in describing or explaining relations among personnel of different organizations. Tables, figures, footnotes, and a bibliography containing approximately 108 citations are provided. Questionnaire items and additional items used in the analysis are appended. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Community action programs; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile probation; Michigan; Organization studies; Parole; Police management; Police personnel; Referral services; Social service agencies; Statistical analysis
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