Structural Change in Large Police Organizations in the 1990s

Edward R. Maguire, George Mason University
Yeunhee Shin, George Mason University

According to community policing advocates, police agencies experienced significant changes during the 1990s. These changes are thought to have occurred in a number of different substantive domains, including the culture, behavior, and structure of police organizations. This poster session examines the evidence for change in just one of these domains: organizational structure. Using data from six different data sets, we explore whether the structures of police organizations changed during the 1990s. Findings are presented using both statistics and graphics depicting structural change. Overall, we find mixed evidence. Some changes have occurred in the direction encouraged by community policing reformers, some changes have occurred in the opposite direction, and some changes have not occurred at all.

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