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NCJ Number: 165617 Find in a Library
Title: Police Officer Orientation and Resistance to Implementation of Community Policing
Author(s): P McCold; B Wachtel
Corporate Author: Community Service Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Community Service Foundation
Pipersville, PA
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Grant Number: 95-IJ-CX-0042
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A survey of the Bethlehem, Pa., Police Department gathered information on police work attitudes on the continuum of police officer orientation from service to crime control.
Abstract: The research sought to analyze police attitudes and behaviors that might affect the implementation of community policing programs. Prior research has indicated that implementation of community policing has been largely unsuccessful and that implementing such programs needs to be accompanied by changes in police attitudes, culture, and organization. The survey used two scales, one measuring hassles and uplifts and the other measuring attitudes. Fifty-eight percent of the 130 police officers responded. Results indicated that police orientation toward service provision was related to orientation toward crime control. However, clear discrepancies existed between specific behavioral measures and general attitude measures. The research developed distinct profiles of police officers who were highly service oriented, those who were highly oriented to crime control, those who were highly oriented to both, and those who were low on both. Findings suggested that efforts at police change need to reduce crime-control culture while simultaneously increasing positive attitudes toward the provision of services and to distinguish police officer attitudes from their behaviors. Tables and 97 references
Main Term(s): Police work attitudes
Index Term(s): Community policing; Pennsylvania; Police effectiveness
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