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NCJ Number: 221015 Find in a Library
Title: Police Skepticism of Citizen Oversight: Officers' Attitudes Toward Specific Functions, Processes, and Outcomes
Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice  Volume:30  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:1-25
Author(s): William Wells; Joseph A. Schafer
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 25
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this research is to add knowledge about how officers in Illinois view specific functions and processes that are common to citizen oversight mechanisms and determine the extent to which they support commonly voiced arguments against citizen oversight.
Abstract: Research results show that officers are less supportive of aspects of citizen oversight that offer greater degrees of independence; there is not a consensus of opposition to some oversight features, and officers are less opposed to some functions that have the potential to bring about meaningful change to police policies. Specifically, officers are unified in their opposition to aspects of citizen oversight that are associated with greater degrees of complaints and subpoena witnesses. Officers did not view citizen oversight mechanisms as a means for preventing misconduct. This current study represents an early step in the process of describing one factor that might play a role in determining successful implementation: officer attitudes toward the reform. Involving citizens in procedures aimed at holding police officers and agencies accountable for their conduct represents a prominent innovation in policing. Today, there are over 100 citizen oversight bodies in the United States. The purpose of this study is to fill a gap in existing knowledge by describing police officers’ attitudes from a city in Illinois toward common functions, processes, and potential outcomes of citizen oversight mechanisms. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Police attitudes
Index Term(s): Citizen advisory committees; Police-citizen interactions; Public Opinion of the Police
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