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ERIC Number: EJ798050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
The Organizational Determinants of Police Arrest Decisions
Chappell, Allison T.; MacDonald, John M.; Manz, Patrick W.
Crime & Delinquency, v52 n2 p287-306 2006
A limited amount of research has examined the relationship between characteristics of police organizations and policing styles. In particular, few studies have examined the link between organizational structures and police officer arrest decisions. Wilson's (1968) pioneering case study of police organizations suggested that individual police behavior is a function of departmental goals that occur within the broader political climate of a community. Wilson suggested that agencies could be classified into three typologies: the watchman style, the legalistic style, and the service style. The present study examines the influence of organizational characteristics associated with these styles on individual officers' arrest rates using nationally representative data from large police agencies. Findings suggest that police officer arrest decisions are partially explained by variations in police organizational structures. The implications of these findings for contemporary organizational explanations of police behavior are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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