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NCJ Number: 77339 Find in a Library
Title: Concerning Crime and Criminal Justice - Attitudes Among Ohio's Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police
Corporate Author: Ohio Dept of Economic and Community Development
Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Editor(s): J J Knowles; H J Keith
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Ohio Dept of Economic and Community Development
Columbus, OH 43215
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sheriffs and chiefs of police in Ohio were surveyed for their opinions on personnel, support and policy, criminal justice, and social isues in this 1979 study.
Abstract: The 82 sheriffs and 182 police chiefs who responded represented about 90 percent of the State's chief executive law enforcement officers. The survey results showed that nearly all respondents agreed that more academic education is needed to develop competent law enforcement officers. About half of the respondents saw police unions and collective bargaining as detrimental to effective law enforcement. Most of the police chiefs were opposed to a residency requirement for officers, while almost all sheriffs favored such a requirement. Nearly 75 percent of the chief executives were sympathetic to officers who wished to hold a second job. Sheriffs had a more favorable perception of public attitudes toward and support of law enforcement than did the chiefs, who felt that a positive public attitude about law enforcement performance does not necessarily translate into support for higher pay and other law enforcement needs. Among the major problems facing respondents, a shortage of manpower was overwhelmingly seen as the most severe problem. Survey data are displayed by agency type and size in tables and graphs. Footnotes are supplied.
Index Term(s): Ohio; Police attitudes; Police community relations; Surveys
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