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NCJ Number: 68304 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE IMAGE - PUBLIC AND SELF
Journal: POLICE STRESS  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(SPRING 1980)  Pages:7-11
Author(s): D C UNDERCUFFLER
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR POLICE OFFICERS IS NEEDED TO HELP THEM DEAL WITH MANY STRESSFUL JOB-RELATED FACTORS AND THUS IMPROVE THE POOR SELF-IMAGE OF THE POLICE.
Abstract: INADEQUATE BUDGETS, ANTIQUATED POLICE TRAINING, NONOPERATING PROCEDURES, POLITICAL MANIPULATION, AND PUBLIC HYPOCRISY MAKE THE JOB OF A U.S. POLICE OFFICER DIFFICULT TO PERFORM. THE PUBLIC DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE POLICE OFFICERS' JOB, AND SEES THEM AS THE DEFENDERS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT RATHER THAN THE PUBLIC SERVANTS. ANOTHER, AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANT REASON FOR THE POOR PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE POLICE LIES IN THE POOR SELF-IMAGE HELD BY THE OFFICERS THEMSELVES. CONFUSING CHANGES IN THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE LAW, COMBINED WITH THE REALIZATION THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE EVERY LAW, RESULTS IN A CYNICAL ATTITUDE OF POLICE OFFICERS TOWARDS THEIR JOBS, AND AN ATTITUDE OF SUSPICION TOWARDS THE PUBLIC. THE POOR SELF AND PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE POLICE MAY THEREFORE RESULT IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF INEFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PHYSICAL DANGER TO BOTH THE PUBLIC AND THE POLICE. FOR THIS REASON, POLICE OFFICERS, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY, MUST BE EDUCATED AS TO THE ROLE OF THE POLICE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY, IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND IN POLICE ACADEMIES.
Index Term(s): Police occupational stress; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Role perception
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