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Attitudes and Perceptions of Police Officers in Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC, 1966

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Reiss, Albert J. Jr.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1989-05-04
Funding Reference
  • President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice
Language
English
Free Keywords
career choice; career expectations; job satisfaction; perceptions; police community relations; police officers; work attitudes
Description
  • Abstract

    This survey was designed to explore perceptions and attitudes of police officers in three metropolitan areas toward their work and the organizations and publics with which they interact. Issues of interest include (1) the nature of police careers and police work, and officers' satisfaction with their jobs, (2) officers' orientations toward policing tasks and their relationships with the public, and (3) officers' perceptions of organizations and systems that influence or change police work.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1966-06
  • Collection date: 1966-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Police officers in major metropolitan areas of the United States.
Sampling
Three sample cities (Chicago, Boston, and Washington, DC) were purposively selected to represent differences in the size, location, degree of control, and type of organization in police departments. Within each city, two police precincts (four in Washington, DC) with high crime rates were selected to represent areas with different race and class compositions. The selected sites were (1) Boston, MA: precincts Dorchester and Roxbury, (2) Chicago, IL: precincts Fillmore and Town Hall, and (3) Washington, DC: precincts 6, 10, 13, and 14. Simple random samples of approximately 25 police officers in each of the eight precincts were drawn from department rosters. The response rate was nearly 100 percent.
Collection Mode
  • These data are part of a larger study entitled "Field Surveys III: Studies in Crime and Law Enforcement in Major Metropolitan Areas." ICPSR distributes two related data collections: SURVEY OF VICTIMIZATION AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN BOSTON AND CHICAGO, 1966 (ICPSR 9085) and PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR IN POLICE AND CITIZEN TRANSACTIONS: BOSTON, CHICAGO, AND WASHINGTON, DC, 1966 (ICPSR 9086).

Note
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1999-10-07 SAS and SPSS data definition statements and a PDF version of the codebook have been added to this collection. Funding insitution(s): President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (OLEA-006).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9087 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Fairchild, Erika S.. Uses of research: Politics, academics and the police in the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany. Criminal Justice Review.15, 5-21.1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/073401689001500103 (DOI)
  • Reiss, Albert J., Jr.. An Overview of Problems and Suggestions for Research on Crime and Law Enforcement in Metropolitan Areas. Final Report.NCJ 122, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. 1967.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/122NCJRS.pdf (URL)
  • Reiss, Albert J., Jr.. Career Orientations, Job Satisfaction and the Assessment of Law Enforcement Problems by Police Officers. Studies in Crime and Law Enforcement in Major Metropolitan Areas: U.S. President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Field Survey III.Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. 1967.
  • Reiss, Albert J., Jr.. Studies in Crime and Law Enforcement in Major Metropolitan Areas. U.S. President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Field Survey III.Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. 1967.
    • ID: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/Digitization/1524NCJRS.pdf (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Reiss, Albert J. Jr. (1989): Attitudes and Perceptions of Police Officers in Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC, 1966. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09087.v1