Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School of Criminal Justice

Content Description

1 online resource (ix, 137 pages) : color illustrations, color map.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Alissa Worden

Committee Members

David H Bayley, Robert Worden, William Terrill


collaboration, law enforcement council, mulitjurisdiction, Police, Law enforcement, Special districts, Municipal powers and services beyond corporate limits, Local government

Subject Categories



This research study presents results from an evaluation and cost effectiveness analysis of a regionalization of selected police services into a Law Enforcement Council approach, as practiced by the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC). The Metro-LEC is a non-profit organization comprising forty three law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The results from wave two surveys administered to officers in the organization as well as a survey distributed to the Chief Executive Officers of the participating law enforcement agencies illustrate the overall effectiveness of the organization. Additionally, a cost effectiveness analysis presents data from the costs of operating regionalized police units as compared to operating those units in-house. The overall conclusion is that a law enforcement council approach to regionalization, as practiced by the Metro-LEC, provides services to area police agencies that are needed and utilized.

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Criminology Commons