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NCJ Number: 202918 Find in a Library
Title: Shared Perceptions: Black Officers Discuss Continuing Barriers in Policing
Journal: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:2003  Pages:386-399
Author(s): Kenneth Bolton Jr.
Editor(s): Lawrence F. Travis III
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined southern Black officers’ reports regarding their personal experiences and perceptions in relation to race and racism.
Abstract: In an attempt to gain insight and understanding into the operation of race in police agencies, this study examined southern police officers’ reports about their experiences and perceptions. It also examined whether the experiential-racism model promotes theoretical and methodological insight into the operation of race in policing and whether racism within police agencies creates barriers that prevent Black officers from equally participating in policing. Fifty in-depth interviews were conducted with Black officers in a Southern State over a 2 year period. The interview consisted of 18 open-ended items designed to elicit detailed information about officers’ experiences in policing. Results from the interviews do not portray a picture of improving race relations in policing, but rather, it portrays racism as complex and persistent. Discussions illustrate a shared perception among the Black officers interviewed that systematic barriers exist in agencies that limit advancement and impact longevity of their careers and that race affects how Black officers are trained, evaluated, disciplined, assigned, transferred, and promoted. This project demonstrates that an understanding of the criminal justice system can be improved by looking to the stories and viewpoints of persons who work in the criminal justice system and experience racism as part of their everyday lives. References
Main Term(s): Police-minority relations
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Minorities; Police attitudes; Police career development; Police personnel; Police personnel promotion; Police personnel selection; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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