Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Samuel E. Walker

Second Advisor

Dr. William Wakefield

Third Advisor

Dr. Harry W. Reynolds, Jr.


The concept for this study arose as a result of a particular observation made by the researcher during the period of time from 1966 through 1976. During this timeframe, the researcher had frequent contact with numerous small, rural police departments which generally varied in size from one to ten officers. As the months and years passed, it seemed as though the researcher was frequently being introduced to new officers who had replaced other officers at the respective departments while at the same time, the size of the departments remained relatively constant. Officials involved in the employment procedures almost always gave pay as the reason an officer had left the department.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Thomas B. Miller May, 1981