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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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Interagency collaboration: An administrative and operational assessment of the Metro-LEC approach


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Title:Interagency collaboration: An administrative and operational assessment of the Metro-LEC approach
Author(s):Julie Schnobrich-Davis, (Center for the Study of Criminal Justice, Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA), William Terrill, (School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Citation:Julie Schnobrich-Davis, William Terrill, (2010) "Interagency collaboration: An administrative and operational assessment of the Metro-LEC approach", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 33 Iss: 3, pp.506 - 530
Keywords:Knowledge sharing, Law enforcement, Partnership, Team management, United States of America
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/13639511011066881 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The points-of-view in this paper are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the official position of the police departments from which the data are drawn.
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine an interagency collaboration (The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council – Metro-LEC), consisting of 42 law enforcement agencies that provide mutual aid and assistance to member agencies in times of need.

Design/methodology/approach – In total, four sources of data (personnel interviews, written survey, organizational documents and participant observation) were used as part of a case study method, to assess the administrative and operational functioning of the Metro-LEC.

Findings – In sum, the findings conclude that the organization is meeting the needs of the member agencies, with few unmanageable impediments.

Research limitations/implications – Since the current study relies on a case study from a single collaborative agency, the findings come with caution, in terms of generalizability.

Originality/value – This psprt contributes to the literature on police interagency collaboration and is the first known study on a Law Enforcement Council (LEC).



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