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Political Pressures and Influences on Police Executives: A Descriptive Analysis.
American Journal of the Police (1992)
  • Kenneth D. Tunnell, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Larry K. Gaines
Abstract

A study seeks to determine the degree, location and impact of political interference or pressure exerted on police chief executives by public and private officials. Questionnaire data were gathered from 115 Kentucky police chiefs in 1989. Respondents reported having to cope with varying levels of political pressure and interference, some legitimate and some illegitimate. Pressure was exerted in the following areas: (1) hiring officers; (2) promoting or demoting officers; (3) arresting offenders or enforcing specific laws; (4) making unnecessary changes in personnel assignments, such as transfers to and from specialized units; and (5) providing special or unusual services to individuals or groups within the community. Over 50% of police chiefs who had left their jobs were forced out by politicians. A mild, inverse relation emerged between tenure and political pressure.

Keywords
  • POLICE,
  • POLICE chiefs,
  • POLITICAL science
Disciplines
Publication Date
1992
Citation Information
Kenneth D. Tunnell and Larry K. Gaines. "Political Pressures and Influences on Police Executives: A Descriptive Analysis." American Journal of the Police Vol. 11 Iss. 1 (1992)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ken_tunnell/22/