Date of Award
Capstone - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of this research is to determine police officers perceived benefits of take-home police cruisers. The primary question to be answered by this research is: do officers see take-home cruisers as a benefit to the department and what are those benefits? Departments typically make large decisions like switching to take home cruisers based on department budgets, what makes the most sense for their individual department, and how it would affect their officers. It is hypothesized that the police officers would perceive the use of take-home cruisers to be more effective compared to a fleet of cruisers. Results show that a majority of officers see take-home cruisers to be beneficial to not only themselves but to their departments. This research was conducted with a small portion of police officers currently working in Massachusetts, leaving behind the perceptions of other officers in the state who are retired or were not reached during the study. Future research should use a larger sample and consider including officers from the entire state of MA, other states, and/or running the study for a longer period of time.
DeFrancesco, Mary, "Officer Perceptions of Fleet and Take-Home Police Cruisers: Evidence from MA" (2020). Criminology Student Work. 15.