A Measurement Model Approach to Estimating Community Policing Implementation

Jeremy M. Wilson, RAND

ABSTRACT
The primary objective of this research is to explore an alternative way to measure community policing implementation. Using large municipal police organizations as the unit of analysis (i.e., those with 100 or more FTE sworn employees), I develop and test using two waves (1997 and 1999) of LEMAS (Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics) data a measurement model of community policing implementation. As opposed to creating an index of implementation, this model provides an interval level estimate of implementation from various community policing activities measured on multiple scales.

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