The Effects of Intrusiveness on Protective Details
AdvisorRichardson, James T.
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A recent increase in the number of threats against federal and state judges has led to the wider use of protective details to safeguard the judiciary. Protective details, which can range from measures as simple as escorting a principal to the workplace to providing twenty-four hour protection, are employed in the protection of not only judges, but of prosecutors, court personnel and public figures in general. This thesis explores whether a relationship exists between the level of intrusiveness of protective details and their success or failure as protective measures, as well as the implications of these findings for not only the judiciary, but for anyone requiring executive protection. The research thesis uses content analysis methods to news media accounts mentioning protective details for public figures from March 1999 to March 2009, using random sampling techniques. A linear regression model serves to analyze the possibility of a relationship between the independent variable, the level of intrusiveness of the protective detail, and the dependent variable, the protective detail's success or failure in protecting principals from harm. The resulting scatterplot and Pearson's product moment correlation analysis reveal a positive correlation between both variables. In addition, the content analysis of the data yields interesting trends that may serve as future directions for research.