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Police Officer Salaries and Agency Performance Outputs

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 25 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2012 Pages: 191-203
Richard R. Johnson
Date Published
June 2012
13 pages
This study involved an exploratory of the influence of police officer salaries on agency work outputs.
Spending on law enforcement services, including police officer salaries, is an important public policy issue. What is unclear is whether raising officer salaries results in an increase in the services police officer provide. This pilot test involves a partial, macro-level test to determine if, after controlling for community contextual values, higher officer salaries are associated with law enforcement agency outputs. Using a sample of 384 municipal law enforcement agencies, these analyses utilized agency Part I crime clearance rates, Part II crime arrest rates, and departmental lawsuits as quantity and quality measures of agency work outputs. The findings revealed that, after controlling for relevant community characteristics, officer mean salaries had no significant influence on agency work outputs. Policy implications for police administrators, police union leaders, and local government leaders are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.