Title

Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in State Police and Highway Patrol Agencies: Results of a National Survey

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2011

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

This article provides an empirical analysis of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) implementation within the law enforcement profession. Specifically, the study reports results from a national survey of state police/highway patrol agencies regarding practical implementation of the ADA. The data is analyzed in terms of population size and collective bargaining status. Results of this endeavor indicate that implementation of the ADA within law enforcement is difficult, especially as applied to the work of sworn personnel. These challenges are somewhat diminished when applied to non-sworn personnel such as dispatchers, administrators, and clerical personnel. The most substantial obstacles to implementation of the ADA within law enforcement is not associated with political officials or administrators. Instead, most arise from the lack of training and vague legislative language and regulatory standards. Smaller states and those without collective bargaining report lower levels of accommodation; however, there are few statistically significant differences in terms of population and collective bargaining.

Publication Title

Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Volume

26

Issue

1

First Page

35

Last Page

46