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NCJ Number: 155640 Find in a Library
Title: Police Prejudice as a Function of Training and Outgroup Contact: A Longitudinal Investigation
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:19  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:305- 317
Author(s): R K Wortley; R J Homel
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A longitudinal study examined prejudice among 412 police recruits in New South Wales, Australia.
Abstract: The recruits were tested on Beswick and Hills' Australian E scale and Ray's Balanced F scale at recruitment, after 6 months of full-time academy training, and after 12 months of police experience. Results revealed that over the period of academy training the recruits became less authoritarian, but they did not vary on ethnocentrism. Over the field experience stage, the recruits became both more ethnocentric and authoritarian. Moreover, recruits sent to districts with large Aboriginal populations became significantly more ethnocentric but no more authoritarian than other recruits. At a theoretical level, findings suggest that police attributes may develop as a function of particular policing experiences. At an applied level, findings suggest that training alone is unlikely to overcome the problem of police prejudice. Tables, figures, and 49 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): New South Wales; Police attitudes; Police recruits; Racial discrimination
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