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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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The diffusion of accreditation among Florida police agencies

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Title:The diffusion of accreditation among Florida police agencies
Author(s):William G. Doerner, (College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA), William M. Doerner, (Department of Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Citation:William G. Doerner, William M. Doerner, (2009) "The diffusion of accreditation among Florida police agencies", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 32 Iss: 4, pp.781 - 798
Keywords:Competences, Innovation, Police
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13639510911000812 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors are extremely grateful to the two anonymous reviewers whose thoughtful insights and constructive criticisms prodded our thinking and helped shape this paper.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how the adoption of state accreditation has diffused or spread among Florida municipal police law enforcement agencies.

Design/methodology/approach – The study group consists of all municipal police departments operating continuously in the State of Florida from 1997 through 2006. Independent variables are taken from an annual survey, sponsored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, to compare agencies that became accredited (n=81) with agencies that did not gain state accreditation (n=189).

Findings – While accredited agencies differ from non-accredited agencies on a host of indicators at the zero-order, it does not appear that the state accreditation process itself is responsible for nurturing organizational change. Having received national accreditation is an important predictor of gaining state accreditation.

Research limitations/implications – Instead of looking at organizational details, future researchers might wish to conceive of accreditation as a credentialing process and concentrate on characteristics of agency leaders, especially those who are seeking upward mobility in their professional careers.

Practical implication – State accreditation status has reached only a small portion of the intended audience and appears to have morphed into a credential rather than an actual tool for meaningful reform.

Originality/value – This paper informs accreditation oversight bodies as to who their self-selected constituents tend to be and which members of the target audience are not being reached.

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