Dec, 2022
Changing Police Performance Objectives
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Jenkins, Gary M., Jr.
From the thesis: "In the last decade, there has been an effort to reform police practices, defund police agencies, and decriminalize certain offenses. In addition, in an effort to reduce police-citizen encounters, agencies nationwide have changed some primary offenses to secondary, meaning law enforcement could not create an encounter solely for that offense, such as one non-functional headlight. This recent legislation changes police functions and requires agencies to modify how they evaluate officer effectiveness. This thesis looks at different police evaluation methods to determine what measures can be used for success. Two agencies were used as case studies; their methods, which included qualitative and quantitative metrics, were examined, as were the research and opinions of other police scholars. Ultimately, the present study found there is no single method of conducting police evaluations, and that more than one model may be successful. This thesis found that training for first line supervisors is essential as they have the most predominant role in the mentoring and evaluating the routine patrol officer. Another key finding is that effectiveness does not necessarily mean enforcement; effectiveness can include presence and community engagement. To measure effectiveness, agencies and supervisors must dedicate time to documenting how often and the manner in which evaluations were conducted. Finally, agencies must constantly evolve their evaluation systems to match their communities' needs."
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    Jenkins, Gary M., Jr.
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    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
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    Dec, 2022
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    Public Domain
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    Cohort NCR2103/2104
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