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NCJ Number: 120135 Find in a Library
Title: Thinking at the Top
Journal: Policing  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(Autumn 1989)  Pages:181-199
Author(s): R Reiner
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study reports on interviews with 40 of Britain's 43 chief constables in England and Wales and focuses on the chief constables' backgrounds, career patterns, policing philosophies, and views on social and political issues.
Abstract: The study finds that chief constables are highly individualistic and see their role in the community as larger than merely fighting crime, even though they believe that crime and disorder are increasing. Constables attribute crime and disorder to moral decline, the disintegration of social controls, increased opportunities for crime, and social divisions resulting from a multi-racial and ethnic community. The constables believed that racial and ethnic minorities were hard to control. Four dimensions accounting for variations in chief constable attitudes are discussed, and four types of chief constable leadership styles are identified. The value of chief constables as representatives of Britain's national police policy is assessed. 23 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Police attitudes
Index Term(s): Constables; England; Foreign criminal justice systems; Role perception
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