• Changing Public Threats and Police Priorities. How Police Chiefs Respond to Emerging Threats

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University.)


Kansas police chiefs are a unique group of individuals. Because they are located throughout the various sized communities within the state, they have the potential to affect the daily lives of more people on a day-to-day basis than any other branch of law enforcement. The purpose of this study was to analyze how police chiefs prioritize emerging threats. In this study, using a purposeful sample, 40 semi-structured interviews were conducted with Kansas police chiefs across the state. These police chiefs were asked about their views on the biggest emerging threats they have observed within the last 10 years. What was discovered during the research process went beyond learning about the process of change for threat prioritization, or what specific threats Kansas police chiefs think their communities are facing today.

MATERIAS: Kansas police chiefs, Law, Police