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ERIC Number: ED027106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 23
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A Comparative Study of the Job Performance of Spanish-Surname Police Officers in San Antonio, Texas.
Weaver, Charles N.
Conducted in 1967, this study contrasted the job performance of Spanish-surname and non-Spanish-surname police officers in the Investigation and Uniform Divisions of the San Antonio Police Department. Educational level and educational performance limited the number of Mexican Americans on the police force. The job performance factors considered were scores on promotion examinations, supervisory ratings, use of sick and annual leave, and accident rates. Mexican Americans were significantly underrepresented in the police force in proportion to Mexican American representation in the city, and they scored lower on the Probationary Patrolman Examination (perhaps attributable to the lack of language facility or poor education in school). However, there were no significant differences between Spanish-surname and non-Spanish-surname officers in the amounts of sick and annual leave taken, nor in the accident rates. The supervisory efficiency rating was not found to be lower for Spanish-surname officers as previously believed. It was concluded that there was little evidence to support the hypothesis that the rural folk culture background of the Mexican American limited his effectiveness in a complex organization in an industrial economy. (CM)
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; Texas (San Antonio)