- Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
- An additudinal study of Atlanta, Georgia's patrol officers' perceptions toward managing criminal investigations (MCI), 1984
- Gaiter, Kenneth M.
- Contributor to Resource:
- Debro, Julius
- Date of Original:
- Degrees, Academic
- United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
- Degree Name: Master of Arts (MA)
Date of Degree: 1984
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: Department of Criminal Justice Administration
The major objective of this study was to analyze data concerning a project called Managing Criminal Investigations (MCI) within the Atlanta Bureau of Police Services in Atlanta, Georgia. The project was initiated in January of 1981 and was completed in September of 1982. One zone was selected as the test site. Zone 1 was selected because of its high crime rate and because of its reputation as having some of the best officers in the city. MCI is a management concept which allows the individual patrol officer to follow the case from its inception to its conclusion. This concept of operational control is designed to be more efficient because it is structured in such a way that it will improve officer morale and improve investigative techniques. Does MCI improve the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal investigations is the question that this thesis will address? The survey data was analyzed using non-parametric statistical procedures of Chi Square, Lambda, Kendall's Law, Somer's D, and Gamma. An inferential statistical method of Pearson's Product moment correlation was also used to interpret the data. The study focused on four variables: 1. The ability of the patrol officers to identify 12 solvability factors relating to the crime. 2. Perceptions toward the training received in the MCI Program. 3. Perceptions toward implementation of the program. 4. Perceptions regarding improvement in management techniques as a result of the MCI Program. Findings indicate that the MCI Program was only marginal successful and that additional research is needed before total integration of the MCI program within the Atlanta Bureau of Police Services. Without the interest, work, and encouragement of the following persons, this thesis project would have not been completed: Dr. Julius Debro, Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department, Atlanta University; Mrs. JoAnn Smith, Associate Professor of the Criminal Justice Department, Atlanta University; Sergeant Samuel Mason Wilson III of the Atlanta * Bureau of Police Services; Dr. Komanduri Srinivasa Murty, Research Associate of the Criminal Justice Department, Atlanta University; and special thanks to the seventy-six patrol officers, who worked in zone 1 for participating in the survey.
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- Clark Atlanta University