Continuity and Change in Police Policy: Police Departments' Domestic Violence Policies and Practices

Alissa Pollitz Worden, University at Albany
Sarah J. McLean, University at Albany
Robert E. Worden, University at Albany

During the late 1980s and through the 1990s, many police departments rewrote their policies and changed their practices in domestic violence cases. However, change was far from universal, and lahtough "model policies" proliferated, many departments retained traditional approaches to responding to these cases. By 1990, formal policy as well as established practices varied widely across communities. This study has three objectives. The first is to explore the dimensionality of police department policies, based on survey data from 250 departs in New York state, conducted in 1995. The second is to examine political, economic, community, and organizational correlates of those policy dimensions. The third is to assess the nature, degree, and direction of policy changes over the subsequent five years, based on surveys of the same departments in 2000.

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