|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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