Descriptive analyses of campus police agencies reveal that agencies’ tactical and operational features are similar to those found in municipal agencies. The problem is that none of these studies have examined, using multivariate models, the structural characteristics of these organizations. Using LEMAS data collected in 1995, this study answered two main questions: what are the organizational characteristics of campus police agencies; and what factors, both internal and external, explain variation in the structural dimensions of the agencies. The results indicated that campus police agencies possess the same structural characteristics of municipal police agencies identified by 40 years of police organizational research, and internal agency characteristics were most important in explaining variation in the organizations’ structural dimensions. The degree to which campus agencies have adopted organizational structures that are similar to those of municipal police is discussed and framed within an institutional perspective.
Paoline, E.A. and Sloan, J.J. (2003), "Variability in the organizational structure of contemporary campus law enforcement agencies: A national‐level analysis", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 612-639. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639510310503541Download as .RIS
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