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  NCJ Number: NCJ 181312     Find in a Library
  Title: Police Attitudes Toward Abuse of Authority: Findings From a National Study, Research in Brief
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  Author(s): David Weisburd ; Rosann Greenspan ; Edwin E. Hamilton ; Hubert Williams ; Kellie A. Bryant
  Date Published: 2000
  Page Count: 15
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: This Brief reports the findings of a nationwide survey of police officers’ views on the abuse of police authority.
  Abstract: The survey contacted 925 randomly selected officers from 121 departments. The majority of officers believed that: (1) It is unacceptable to use more force than legally allowable to control someone who physically assaults an officer; (2) Extreme cases of police abuse of authority occur infrequently; (3) Their departments take a “tough stand” on the issue of police abuse; (4) At times their fellow officers use more force than necessary when making an arrest; (5) It is not unusual for officers to ignore improper conduct by their fellow officers; (6) Training and education are effective ways to reduce police abuse; (7) A department’s chief and first-line supervisors can play an important role in preventing police from abusing authority; and (8) Community-oriented policing reduces or has no impact upon the potential for police abuse. In addition, race was a divisive issue for these officers. Black and nonblack officers had significantly different views about the effect of a citizen’s race and socioeconomic status on the likelihood of police abuse of authority and about the effect of community policing on the potential for abuse. Tables, notes, references
  Main Term(s): Police
  Index Term(s): Race relations ; Police Foundation ; Police attitudes ; Lawful use of force ; Professional misconduct ; Police use of deadly force ; Police work attitudes ; Police department surveys ; Community policing
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
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  Grant Number: 97-CK-WX-0047
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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