Beyond Political Culture: Community-Level Explanations of Police

Theresa Ervin Conover, University of Cincinnati
John Liederbach, University of Cincinnati
James Frank, University of Cincinnati
Mitchell B. Chamlin, University of Cincinnati

Since Wilson's initial suggestion that political culture and community factors influence the performance of police agencies, others have sought to explore this relationship. In this tradition, data from the systematic social observation of 20 small suburban and rural police departments are used to explore the relationship between a series of community characteristics and measures of police department and officer performance. Areas to be examined include police-citizen contacts, outcomes of these interactions, and time spent on police activities.

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Updated 05/20/2006