Implementing a Solution

The Peer Review Panel
  • Hans Toch
  • J. Douglas Grant


In Chapter 7 we traced the evolution of the peer review panel idea. We summarized rehearsals of the procedure that helped the panel take shape.


Police Officer Police Department Review Panel Misdemeanor Offense Uniform Crime Report 
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  1. 1.
    Most of the data in the following were collected under NIMH Grant MH 20757 (“Research on Violence Prevention by Police”) from the Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency. We are indebted for this support.Google Scholar
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    Elements of resistance, battery, or assault with a deadly weapon were present in the arrest report but not charged by the arresting officer.Google Scholar
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    Differences between the proportion of on-view and dispatched incidents over time are significant at the.005 level for all but “Assault with a deadly weapon.”Google Scholar
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    As noted in Table 4, 1973 figures are based on 9 months only. Extrapolating to the full year would give 96 on-view and 523 dispatched incidents in the resisting-arrest category.Google Scholar
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    The data were compiled originally for a study of officers who participated, or were eligible for participation, in the peer review panel during its first year of operation. These constituted 171 of the total. The remaining 318 formed the criterion group for determining high and low productivity: high in each case being all numbers above the median for this group, low being all numbers at or below the median.Google Scholar
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    It is recognized that this does not take into account the nature of an officer’s assignment—its location and time of day—which may have an influence on the primary type of arrest the officer makes.Google Scholar
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    Police departments do not commonly keep the kinds of records that allow systematic study of change efforts nor the tracking of individual officer behavior. The Conflict Management Unit (rebaptized Violence Prevention Unit) had to set up an information system that allowed study of the citizen-officer conflict problem over time. The data presented in this chapter derive from this system.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Toch
    • 1
  • J. Douglas Grant
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Social Action Research CenterNicasioUSA

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