Assessing the delivery of community policing services in Ada County, Idaho, 2002 [electronic resource].

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Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006.
Extent of collection: 2 data files + machine readable documentation (PDF) + SAS setup files + SPSS setup files + Stata setup files.


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Summary note
This study was conducted to explore the ways that enable the Ada County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) to examine its behavior in five areas that embody its adoption of community policing elements: (1) periodic assessments of citizens' perceptions of crime and police services, (2) substation policing, (3) patrol based in problem-oriented identification and resolution, (4) performance evaluation in a community-oriented policing (COP)/problem-oriented policing (POP) environment, and (5) the building of community partnerships. The researchers strived to obtain both transitive and recursive effects. One of the goals of this project was to facilitate the ACSO's efforts toward self-reflection, and by doing so, become a learning organization. In order to do this, data were collected, via survey, from both citizens of Ada County and from deputies employed by the ACSO. The citizen survey was a random, stratified telephone survey, using CATI technology, administered to 761 Ada County residents who received patrol services from the ACSO. The survey was designed to correspond to a similar survey conducted in 1997 (DEVELOPING A PROBLEM-ORIENTED POLICING MODEL IN ADA COUNTY, IDAHO, 1997-1998 [ICPSR 2654]) in the same area regarding similar issues: citizens' fear of crime, citizens' satisfaction with police services, the extent of public knowledge about and interest in ideas of community policing, citizens' police service needs, sheriff's office service needs and their views of the community policing mandate. The deputy survey was a self-enumerated questionnaire administered to 54 deputies and sergeants of the ACSO during a pre-arranged, regular monthly training. This survey consisted of four sections: the deputies' perception of crime problems, rating of the deputy performance evaluation, ethical issues in policing, and departmental relations.
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Type of data
Extent of collection: 2 data files + machine readable documentation (PDF) + SAS setup files + SPSS setup files + Stata setup files.
Time and place of event
  • Date(s) of collection: 2002-03--2002-04.
  • Time period: 2002-03--2002-04.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: Idaho, United States.
Funding information
Funding: United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice 2001-IJ-CX-0019.
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Extent of processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: standardized missing values. Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Methodology note
  • Mode of data collection: computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), self-enumerated questionnaire.
  • Data source: citizen data were obtained through CATI telephone surveys of residents in rural Ada County. Deputy data were obtained through self-enumerated questionnaire given to ACSO deputies and sergeants during their monthly block training.
  • Sample: for the citizen survey, a random, stratified sample of residents in rural Ada County, Idaho, who receive patrol services from the Ada County Sheriff's Office was used, specifically residents in the incorporated communities of Eagle and Kuna. Additional surveys were obtained from the community of Star and unincorporated Ada County. Individuals who received services from Boise, Meridian, and Garden City Police Departments were not surveyed. Telephone prefixes were used as geographic indicators to identify the residence of the respondents. Within these prefixes, respondents were randomly sampled using proportionate sampling techniques. More detailed geographic data were obtained during the interview to discount the possible error of misdesignating rural and urban respondents. The deputy survey was a convenience sample obtained by distributing the self-enumerated questionnaire to all deputies and sergeants who attended at least one of the two regularly scheduled ACSO monthly block training meetings.
  • Universe: citizens of rural Ada County, Idaho in 2002, and deputies employed by the Ada County Sheriff's Office in 2002.
Rights and reproductions note
Restrictions: the data are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Data Transfer Agreement Form and specify the reasons for the request. A copy of the Data Transfer Agreement Form can be requested by calling 800-999-0960. The Data Transfer Agreement Form is also available as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file from the NACJD Web site. Completed forms should be returned to: Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research.
Part 1: ACSO citizen survey; Part 2: ACSO deputy survey.
Cite as
Crank, John P., Andrew L. Giacomazzi and Benjamin Steiner. ASSESSING THE DELIVERY OF COMMUNITY POLICING SERVICES IN ADA COUNTY, IDAHO, 2002 [Computer file]. ICPSR04152-v1. Boise State University, Department of Criminal Justice Administration [producer], 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-31.
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