Decision Making Process of Police Officers Employed by Small Police Departments

Show simple item record Kunz, Leonard 2020-08-03T22:10:52Z 2020-08-03T22:10:52Z 2020
dc.description Leonard Kunz Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Police officers spend a vast majority of their duty time making decisions that often have a significant impact on every segment of society. The greater part of these decisions is discretionary, often leaving the officer to exercise their own judgment. With the widespread observation of police officer's actions captured by personal videos and spread by social networking, police officer's judgments are at higher risk of being critiqued than ever before. This qualitative study interviewed police officers in Warren County, New Jersey, for the purposes of examining how their judgment was developed, and how it was monitored. Additionally, internal factors within the police community and other external factors were examined to determine influence on judgment. Police departments in Warren County are relatively small with fewer than 25 total officers, reflecting the make-up of more than 50% of the nation's police departments. The study also looked at the effectiveness of supervision in developing police officers who can make decisions that are commensurate with a professional police standard. While this study does not represent itself to be conclusive, it does reveal, from the words of officers themselves, some real and significant challenges confronting police officers of smaller sized agencies and presents some mitigating suggestions for consideration. en_US
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dc.title Decision Making Process of Police Officers Employed by Small Police Departments en_US
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