Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Holli Drummond (Director), Dr. Douglas Smith, Dr. John White

Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In this study, I analyze the responses of police officers to questions regarding their involvement in the use of Community-Oriented Policing strategies. When the officer encounters a drug offender they must decide how to deal with the situation. There are a variety of trained responses and policies available. The data is grouped into nine variables; time in law enforcement, time in department, perceived support, perceived barriers, COP strategy, COP action, prevention, help, and citation. The data is then analyzed using structural equation modeling.


Criminology | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance