Automated Reporting System Pilot Project in Los Angeles, 1990 (ICPSR 9969)

Principal Investigator(s): Doan, David; Mayes, Bronston T.


The purpose of this pilot project was to determine if preliminary investigation report (PIR) data filed by patrol officers could be collected via laptop computers to allow the direct input of the data into the Los Angeles Police Department Crime and Arrest Database without adversely affecting the personnel taking or using the reports. This data collection addresses the following questions: (1) Did officers and supervisors prefer the automated reporting system (ARS) or the handwritten version of the PIR? (2) Did the ARS affect the job satisfaction or morale of officers and supervisors? (3) Did the ARS reduce the amount of time that patrol officers, supervisors, and clerks spent on paperwork? (4) Did the ARS affect the accuracy of information contained in the PIRs? (5) Did detectives and prosecuting attorneys find the ARS a more reliable source than handwritten PIRs? Officers and supervisors in two divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department, Wilshire and Hollywood, participated as control and experimental groups. The control group continued using handwritten ("existing") PIRs while the experimental group used the automated PIRs (ARS). The General Information Questionnaire collected information on each officer's rank, assignment, watch, gender, age, years with the Los Angeles Police Department, education, job morale, job demands, self-esteem, computer anxiety, and relationship with supervisor and other officers. The Job Performance Rating Form gathered data on work efforts, depth of job knowledge, work quality, oral and written skills, and capacity to learn. The Time Study Sheets collected data on investigation time, writing and editing time, travel time, approval and correction time, review time, errors by type, and data input time for both the handwritten and automated forms. The Evaluation of the Existing Form and the Evaluation of the Automated Form both queried respondents on ease of use, system satisfaction, and productivity loss. The ARS Use Questionnaire asked about ease of use, typing skills, computer skills, comfort with the system, satisfaction with training, and preference for the system. The Hollywood Detective Division ARS Use Questionnaire surveyed detectives on the system's ease of use, task improvement, support for continued use, and preference for the system. The PIR Content Evaluation Form collected data on quality of officers' observations, organization and writing skills, physical evidence, statements of victims, witnesses, and suspects, and offense classification. The Caplan Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity subscales were used in the design of the questionnaires.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Hollywood Detective Division ARS Use Questionnaire - Download All Files (0.588 MB)
DS2:  Hollywood Time Study Sheet of the Existing and Automated Forms - Download All Files (0.674 MB)
DS3:  Hollywood ARS Use Questionnaire - Download All Files (0.596 MB)
DS4:  Evaluations of the Existing and Automated Forms - Download All Files (0.642 MB)
DS5:  Prosecuting Attorneys PIR Content Evaluation Form - Download All Files (0.602 MB)
DS6:  General Information Questionnaires, Evaluations of the Existing and Automated Forms, Job Rating Performance Form, Time Study Sheets, and Caplan Scales - Download All Files (1.344 MB)
DS7:  Codebook for All Parts
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Study Description


Doan, David, and Bronston T. Mayes. AUTOMATED REPORTING SYSTEM PILOT PROJECT IN LOS ANGELES, 1990. Los Altos, CA: Sociometrics Corporation [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (89-IJ-CX-0008)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    computer programs, crime reporting, databases, job performance, job satisfaction, morale, police officers, program evaluation

Geographic Coverage:    Los Angeles, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990-04--1990-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990-04--1990-12

Data Type(s):    survey data, and administrative records data, experimental data


Data Source:

self-administered questionnaires, and Los Angeles Police Department Preliminary Investigation Report forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1993-05-13

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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