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Volume VII, 2008

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While there have been numerous studies examining certain aspects of the effects of collective bargaining, there have yet to be any empirical studies on the effects of collective bargaining on the use of police policy. This study looks to address this issue by examining the impact of collective bargaining on the use of three currently innovative police policies: early warning systems, civilian review boards, and the use of in-car cameras. Using data from the 2003 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey, we look at municipal agencies with over 100 officers. Using bi-variate analyses we compare each of the three dependent variables to the independent variable, collective bargaining. Our study found significant findings for the use of civilian review boards and the use of in-car camera systems. Our study found that agencies engaged in collective bargaining were less likely to use the given program. This is important because no study has yet to examine the use of collective bargaining and its effect on policy use. Future studies should look closer at these types of issues using more complex analyses.