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NCJ Number: NCJ 241281     Find in a Library
Title: Officer and Suspect Demeanor: A Qualitative Analysis of Change
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Author(s): Roger G. Dunham ; Geoffrey P. Alpert
  Journal: Police Quarterly  Volume:12  Issue:1  Dated:March 2009  Pages:6 to 21
Date Published: 03/2009
Page Count: 16
  Annotation: This study explored police–citizen encounters and the reaction of each actor to the demeanor of the other throughout the interaction.
Abstract: This study explores police–citizen encounters and the reaction of each actor to the demeanor of the other throughout the interaction. Police–citizen interactions can be understood as a sequence of events, often changing rapidly and making transitions from being trivial to serious exchanges. The sequence of actions and reactions is designed to support the expectations of both actors. Although the authors understand that these interactions are guided or driven by the actor’s needs and abilities to influence, and even coerce, each other, the authors are not clear on the precise definition or role of the actors’ demeanor. Most previous research has been limited to a measure of demeanor at one point in time. The authors design allowed for measurement of changes in demeanor as the police–citizen interaction developed, and our examination revealed that the demeanor of both officers and suspects changed during the encounters in a substantial number of cases. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Decisionmaking ; Behavior ; Police attitudes ; Public Opinion of the Police ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2001-IJ- CX-0035
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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