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NCJ Number: 151415 Find in a Library
Title: Police on Skid Row: A Study of Peace Keeping (From Police and Society: Touchstone Readings, P 265-292, 1995, Victor E. Kappeler, ed. - See NCJ-151401)
Author(s): E Bittner
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the peace keeping role fulfilled by police officers charged with maintaining order in their cities' skid rows.
Abstract: Data were collected through 100 interviews conducted with officers in two large cities in the western U.S. The 12 months of field work included 11 weeks of participant observation carried out in skid row districts. The article aims to clarify conceptually the mandate and the practice of keeping the peace. Structural determinants are defined here as the typical situations perceived by policemen as demanding action without arrest. The description of peace keeping in skid row districts emphasizes those aspects of it that constitute practical skills, as defined by the policemen themselves. This discussion is confined to what police patrolmen consider to be the reality of their work circumstances, what they do, and what they feel they must do to do a good job. 28 notes
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Alcoholics; Police work attitudes; Public order offenses
Note: American Sociological Review, 32 (October 1967): 699-715. American Sociological Association. Reprinted with permission.
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