Police Organizational Cultures and Patrol Practices

Police Organizational Cultures and Patrol Practices
Kimberly D. Hassell

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-141-3 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 - 8.5 / x, 230 pages

Price   $65.00

"a much-needed investigation" -- Criminal Justice Review


Hassell studies police organizational cultures and patrol practices through close participant observation in a large, municipal Midwestern police department. Her work uncovers that organizational cultures are formed at the precinct level. Police patrol practices, concomitantly, vary markedly within this police organization at the precinct level of analysis. Not only were these patterns observed, but police patrol officers overwhelmingly agree that the organizational cultures and police patrol practices vary at the sub-organizational level of the precinct. Furthermore, this study shows some support for David Klinger's (1997) causal model of police behavior ("Negotiating Order in Patrol") but the overall utility of the model, in this context, is weak.

About the Author

Kimberly D. Hassell is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include police organizational behavior, police decision-making, and police-citizen relationships. She earned her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.