Assessing Levels of Cooperation Between PACE and Patrol Officers in the City of Norfolk Virginia Police Department

Date of Award

Fall 1998

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Garland White

Committee Member

Brian K. Payne

Committee Member

James A. Nolan

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 G65


The purpose of this study is to evaluate two facets of the Norfolk Police Department's Police Assisted Community Enforcement, or PACE, program. While there has been much research on how community policing affects officer and citizen attitudes, there has been very little that focuses on organizational aspects of implementing this philosophy. This research uses a survey instrument to examine how Norfolk's structuring of their community policing program may have an impact on the way the officers involved cooperate with one another. Levels of cooperation and training are measured, as well as the effects that years on the department and education have on these variables. The analyses reveal that while most of the officers believe that community policing is a worthwhile program, Norfolk's structuring of may have resulted in low levels of cooperation between the PACE and Patrol officers.


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