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Evaluation of the Caruth Police Institute at Dallas

Evaluation of the Caruth Police Institute at Dallas

Robert C. Davis
Radha Iyengar
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 71
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    Evaluation of the Caruth Police Institute at Dallas
    Book Description:

    The Caruth Police Institute (CPI), funded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, was designed for the benefit of the Dallas Police Department to create staff development courses and to bring the expertise of academic experts and business leaders to bear on complex policing problems. This report presents a three-year evaluation of the CPI, covering development of its research activities, its impact, and its sustainability.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8367-8
    Subjects: Political Science, Law, Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iii)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. iv-iv)
  4. Figures
    (pp. v-v)
  5. Tables
    (pp. vi-vii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. viii-viii)
  7. 1. Introduction
    (pp. 1-5)

    Recent history has demonstrated the importance of strong and effective police leadership. Policing experts have come to recognize that officer conduct and integrity are heavily influenced by the tone set by senior leaders and the management skills of line supervisors (see, e.g., Skolnick and Fyfe, 1993; Walker, 2001; Davis, Mateu-Gelabert, and Miller, 2005). Effective leadership has become even more important in the fast-changing world of modern policing (Silverman, 2006). Multiple works have pointed to leadership as a way to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of police services (Kim and Mauborgne, 2003; Bratton and Knobler, 1998).

    The explosion...

  8. 2. Staff Development
    (pp. 6-18)

    The original vision of CPI, as articulated in the proposal to CFT, was that CPI would “identify the ‘best and the brightest’ among DPD personnel early in their careers.” This concept is similar to the United Kingdom’s High Potential Development Scheme, which identifies future leaders from the ranks of chief inspector and puts these officers on an accelerated promotion track.² Through providing top quality leadership training and college credit, CPI would make it possible for gifted and motivated individuals to earn academic degrees and rise quickly through the ranks of DPD.

    Just two years following its inception, CPI underwent a...

  9. 3. Research and Problem-Solving
    (pp. 19-21)

    The research component of CPI struggled from the Institute’s inception for several reasons, the most significant being that CPI has never had a research director. The original partnership plan for CPI as described in the proposal to CFT and in the business plan submitted to CFT specifies that the position of associate director for research will be supplied by UT-Dallas. However, over the several years since CPI began, it has proven impossible to develop an agreement under which UT-Dallas would agree to honor its pledge.

    The sticking point has been indirect cost (IDC). UNT-Dallas had contracted with UNT-Denton’s Office of...

  10. 4. Some Key Questions About the IMPACT of CPI
    (pp. 22-31)

    A chief interest of CFT in funding CPI was to enhance the public safety of Dallas citizens. One of the ideas embedded in the proposal to CFT was to assign participants in the lieutenants’ class the task of developing and testing solutions to specific crime and disorder problems that they dealt with in their job assignments. For example, a patrol lieutenant whose sector was experiencing high volumes of residential break-ins would, as a class assignment, develop a plan to reduce the number of burglaries, have the class critique it, implement the plan, and assess its effectiveness. Had CPI adopted this...

  11. 5. Sustainability
    (pp. 32-52)

    As part of RAND’s current evaluation of the Caruth Police Institute for the Communities Foundation of Texas, we were tasked with exploring ways to make the Institute sustainable. In this section of the evaluation report, we present our findings and recommendations to the Foundation. We begin with a look at four other police leadership training programs, each using a different business model. From these four programs, we abstract lessons that may be useful to CPI. This is followed by a formal analysis of CPI sustainability. The section concludes with a set of recommendations for how to sustain CPI for the...

  12. 6. Conclusion
    (pp. 53-56)

    CPI has been a significant addition to the DPD. It is providing high-quality management and leadership training for mid- and high-level officers. Its courses draw from popular texts on leadership and critical thinking within both the policing and business realms and use teaching methods recognized to be best practices. Course participants have a chance to interact with instructors who are national leaders in law enforcement. Significantly, the courses not only teach leadership and critical thinking skills, they also have acted to forge bonds between course participants that participants draw on when they go back to their regular duties. Through these...

  13. Appendix A: Leadership Inventory
    (pp. 57-59)
  14. Appendix B: Potential Courses of CPI Revenue
    (pp. 60-62)
  15. References
    (pp. 63-63)