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Police Practices: The General Administrative Survey

NCJ Number
John F. Heaphy
Date Published
212 pages
The Police Foundation, in cooperation with the Research Unit of the Kansas City Police Department (Missouri), presents data and information on selected aspects of the administrative and operational practices of 50 of the largest police departments in the United States.
The intent of this survey is to present data and information on selected administrative and operational practices of a number of large police departments so as to enable police administrators to see what other departments are doing and how resources are being allocated. Data and information on administration cover general financing and personnel benefits. Data on personnel indicate the distribution of sworn personnel among various departmental units, the percentage of civilian personnel, and the proportion of women and minority officers. Data are also provided on equipment, ways for reviewing officer conduct, and special programs. The second section of the report provides tally sheets and summary data for individual departments that participated in the survey. The report cautions against using the data to measure and compare the performance of the participating agencies. It is intended to provide police officials, other government officials, and researchers with additional information on police working conditions and practices. The survey results are intended to be a catalyst that encourages police administrators, practitioners, and researchers to learn from and communicate with multiple departments about their practices, resource allocations, and outcomes. Extensive tables