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NCJ Number: 41550 Find in a Library
Title: YOU CAN'T TAKE FINGERPRINTS OFF WATER - POLICE OFFICERS' VIEWS TOWARD 'COP' TELEVISION SHOWS
Journal: HUMAN RELATIONS  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:(1977)  Pages:237-247
Author(s): A F ARCURI
Corporate Author: Plenum Publishing Corp
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Publishing Corp
New York, NY 10013-1576
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SURVEY OF 816 POLICE OFFICERS IN NEW JERSEY SHOWED THAT POLICE OFFICERS FAVOR SHOWS IN WHICH REALISM AND POLICE PROFESSIONALISM ARE PRIMARY CHARACTERISTICS, WHILE THEY DISDAIN UNREALISTIC 'SHOOT-'EM-UP' TELEVISION SHOWS.
Abstract: RESPONDENTS WERE QUESTIONED ON HOW OFTEN THEY WATCHED POLICE T.V. SHOWS, HOW THEY RATE THE 'REALISM' OF THESE SHOWS, AND HOW THEY FELT THESE SHOWS AFFECTED PUBLIC ATTITUDES. THIRTEEN SHOWS WERE CONSIDERED. OF THESE, THE SHOWS CONTAINING THE GREATEST DEGREE OF PROFESSIONALISM WERE MOST POPULAR. REALITY OF THE EPISODE, BELIEVABILITY OF THE CHARACTERS AND DIALOGUE, AND CORRECTNESS OF INVESTIGATORY AND OTHER PROCEDURES WERE CITED AS IMPORTANT FACTORS. HOWEVER, THE KEY TO SHOWS' POPULARITY WAS THE LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT EXHIBITED BY THE OFFICERS. A MAJORITY OF THE OFFICERS FELT THAT WHILE POLICE SHOWS MAY HELP THEIR IMAGE, THEY ALSO LEAD THE PUBLIC TO EXPECT TOO MUCH OF POLICE....DMC
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Police attitudes; Professionalization; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Surveys; Televisions
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