Police Chiefs' Exposure to Information About Computerized Crime Mapping and Their Opinions About the Innovation

Sharon E. Chamard, University of Alaska Anchorage

ABSTRACT
The diffusion of innovation literature distinguishes between mass media and face-to-face communication. The second is more relevant in the latter stages of potential adopters' decision-making processes. This paper reports on the results of a mail survey conducted in 2002 of 347 municipal police departments in New Jersey. It focuses on exposure to different information sources (such as newspapers, conferences, professional and academic literature, vendors, and other police departments) and how this exposure influences opinions about the usefulness and practicality of crime mappingk as well as adoption decisions.

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