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Facilitating police-probation/parole partnerships: An examination of police chiefs’ and sheriffs’ perceptions

Bitna Kim (Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA)
Adam K. Matz (American Probation and Parole Association, Council of State Governments, Lexington, Kentucky, USA)
Jurg Gerber (College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)
Dan Richard Beto (Texas Regional Community Policing Institute, Governing Board, Bryan, Texas, USA)
Eric Lambert (Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 4 November 2013




The current study examines the prevalence, perceived effectiveness, and potential antecedents (e.g. departmental culture) of law enforcement agencies in collaborating with probation and parole agencies. Specifically, the study reveals how the leaders (i.e. police chief, sheriff) in law enforcement view police-community corrections partnerships.


Data were collected from a state-wide survey of all sheriffs’ offices and a random sample of municipal police departments in Texas.


Findings indicated information sharing and specialized enforcement partnerships were the most common partnership types, partnerships were more common with adult and juvenile probation than with adult parole, and partnerships remain predominantly informal. Finally, police chiefs/sheriffs in the departments with a culture supportive of offender reentry were more likely to support and engage in partnerships with adult/juvenile probation and adult parole agencies.


Even without formal programs, it seems that police-probation/parole partnerships are, in one form or another, practically inevitable. The positive evaluation of law enforcement personnel leaves room for hope for expansions of such partnerships in the future.



Kim, B., K. Matz, A., Gerber, J., Richard Beto, D. and Lambert, E. (2013), "Facilitating police-probation/parole partnerships: An examination of police chiefs’ and sheriffs’ perceptions", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 752-767.



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