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Chicago reported by the [5] Chicago Department of Public Health (2006)[5] . Number of calls involving PWMI in the past month Number of calls involving PWMI in the past month is measured as a continuous variable based on self report by the officers of the number of calls for service to which they responded involving a person with mental illness in the month prior to the interview. CIT by number of past month calls interaction An interaction term was included in the model. Since training is only believed to be useful if officers have the opportunity to use it, this variable is measured as a continuous variable (number of calls) multiplied by a dichotomous variable (CIT training). Control variables We also controlled for individual variables that might affect an officer's perception of CIT. Specifically, we controlled for the following. Officer rank Officer rank was dichotomized as patrol officer or non-patrol officer (patrol officer=1, non-patrol officer=0). Non- patrol officers include sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and commander. Officer race Race was dichotomized as white or non-white. Hispanic officers were included in the non-white category (white=1, non-white=0). Years as a Police Officer This is a continuous variable of each officer's reported years of service[6] . Descriptive statistics are included in Table III [Figure omitted. See Article Image.] for each of the variables. A correlation matrix can be found in Table IV [Figure omitted. See Article Image.]. It is apparent that there is a relationship between the variable CIT training and the interaction term. No two variables, however, are prohibitively correlated[7] . Findings An OLS regression model including all variables described above was run using SPSS 18. Results, reported in Table III [Figure omitted. See Article Image.], show that on average, officers disagreed with negative statements about the program, suggesting overall that officers do not seem to show the kinds of negative views of CIT that have undercut other social welfare based police innovations. Contrary to predictions, neither CIT training nor greater mental health resource availability had a significant direct effect on perceptions of the program. CIT trained officers were no more likely to think highly of the innovation than their peers who had not been trained. Additionally, availability of mental health services was not related to officer perceptions of CIT. Thus, the data do PDF GENERATED BY SEARCH.PROQUEST.COM Page 8 of 16
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not support the first two of our hypotheses about factors associated with perceptions of the CIT program (see Table V [Figure omitted. See Article Image.]).
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