Perceptions of Labor Relations and Managerial Decision Making by Police Chiefs

Colleen Kadleck, University Nebraska at Omaha
Lawrence F. Travis III, University of Cincinnati

Police chiefs are important municipal policy makers. Little is known, however, about what factors affect and limit their decision making. Police employee associations and police unions are thought to limit the power of police chiefs in several ways (Walker 1984). This paper explores police chief perceptions of police labor relations and how these perceptions might structure police chief decision making, using data from a national survey. The correlates of these perceptions are also examined and policy implications are discussed.

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