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Policing the Beat - The Impact of Organizational Scale on Patrol Officer Behavior in Urban Residential Neighborhoods

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Date Published
January 1981
16 pages
Analysis of police organization and activity in 42 urban residential neighborhoods shows some support for the hypothesis that small-scale police organization is more likely to engender service-style policing than large-scale structure.
The relationship between organizational scale and service-style policing is more ambiguous in high violence neighborhoods than low violence neighborhoods, and the effects in all cases are modest. (Author abstract)

Date Published: January 1, 1981