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ERIC Number: ED133295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Opportunities for Improving Productivity in the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.
McDavid, James C.; Allen, David N.
This report, summarizing the results of a survey of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Police, focuses on perceived opportunities for productivity improvements in the Bureau as viewed by police officers themselves. The study looks at definite change strategy suggestions and the attitudinal climate influencing any potential changes. A survey questionnaire was administered to 52 officers from November 1975 through January 1976. All respondents were male, 15 lived in Harrisburg, and three were black. Questions were related to police perceptions of productivity and of effects of specific changes. The most consistent productivity finding was a high level of concern about the need for a fair and equally administered promotion policy. On a scale of 1 to 10, this factor was rated 8.5. Other attitude findings include (1) more basic and inservice training, but not higher education, was related to high productivity; (2) need for better equipment and more concentration on crime rather than community service was rated high; (3) 85% of respondents linked reduction in noncriminal services to better police effectiveness; (4) patrol-related, especially foot patrol, activity was not ranked high; (5) 75% of respondents felt negative toward one-man patrol cars; and (6) foot patrol and increased patrol time were viewed as high priority of residents. The questionnaire and 32 tables of response data are contained in the document. (ND)
Descriptors: Attitudes, City Government, Community Attitudes, Community Programs, Community Services, Decision Making, Efficiency, Job Training, Law Enforcement, Police, Police Action, Police Community Relationship, Police Education, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Promotion (Occupational), Social Science Research, Surveys, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. of Public Administration.
Note: For a related document, see SO 009 756