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NCJ Number: NCJ 241320     Find in a Library
Title: Influence of "Working Rules" on Police Suspicion and Discretionary Decision Making
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Author(s): Meghan Stroshine ; Geoffrey Alpert ; Roger Dunham
  Journal: Police Quarterly  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:September 2008  Pages:315 to 337
Date Published: 09/2008
Page Count: 23
  Annotation: This study examined the role of “working rules” that define what officers interpret as suspicious people, places, and situations.
Abstract: This study examines the role of “working rules” that define what officers interpret as suspicious people, places, and situations. Data were drawn from observational studies of police decisionmaking in Savannah, GA and Miami-Dade, FL. Current theory and research on the use of police discretion and biased policing is focused on the decision to stop, search, or arrest a suspect. Only a few studies focus on processes through which police determine behaviors to be suspicious that influence them to initiate official police action. An analysis of the “working rules” used by officers uncovered 12 substantive categories. The article concludes with a discussion of how this information can be useful in formulating training for police departments. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Police decisionmaking
Index Term(s): Police attitudes ; Discretionary decisions ; Police policies and procedures ; Reasonable suspicion ; Police criminal investigation training ; 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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