police-prosecutor relationships, police chiefs, policing, prosecutors, interagency
Although strain in police-prosecutor relationships may be built into the criminal justice system’s checks and balances, the administration of criminal justice can benefit from the adoption of practices which improve these working relationships. A first step towards the adoption of such practices can be taken by first adding to the knowledge base regarding this understudied topic. Using a survey of a state-wide sample of Texas police chiefs, this exploratory study identifies which aspects of police-prosecutor interaction styles are predictors of police chiefs’ satisfaction with police-prosecutor relationships. Results indicate that perceived level of police input in prosecutors’ plea bargain and charging decisions, perceived directness of felony trial preparation communication method, and perceived frequency of decision-maker interactions predict police chiefs’ satisfaction with police-prosecutor relationships. Policy implications are discussed.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Rowe, Brenda I., "Predictors of Texas Police Chiefs’ Satisfaction with Police-Prosecutor Relationships" (2015). Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 3.
This article has been published as:
Rowe, B. I. (2016). Predictors of Texas police chiefs’ satisfaction with police-prosecutor relationships. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(4), 663-685.
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in American Journal of Criminal Justice. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12103-015-9322-6
Brenda I. Rowe, Predictors of Texas police chiefs’ satisfaction with police-prosecutor relationships, American Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(4), pp. 663-685. Copyright © 2015 Southern Criminal Justice Association. DOI: 10.1007/s12103-015-9322-6