ERIC Number: ED202563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Rancho Santiago Community College District Police Image Survey.
Slark, Julie; Bateman, Harold
Interviews with a random sample of 345 day and evening students and 45 staff members were conducted at Santa Ana College (SAC) in March 1981 to determine perceptions of the SAC college community toward the Rancho Santiago Community College District Police Department. The interviewees were asked to indicate: (1) if they had ever interacted with a college police officer and, if so, for what purpose; (2) whether District officers were efficient, courteous, and fair during these encounters; (3) opinions concerning the department's general image on campus; (4) individual attitudes toward the police; and (5) perceived ratings of the importance of police department goals and the degree to which they have been achieved. In addition, open-ended comments about the police were solicited. Selected findings reveal that 49% of the interviewees had interacted at least once with an officer and that more than half of these respondents rated the officers as efficient (73.9%), courteous (65.2%), and fair (77%). Responses concerning personal attitudes toward the police and the Department's general campus image revealed a wide range of attitudes on a scale of 1 (good) to 5 (poor). While older students tended to have more positive attitudes toward the police than younger students, no attitudinal differences were discerned between ethnic groups, day and evening students, and students and staff. The study report summarizes findings and conclusions. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Ana Coll., CA.