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NCJ Number: 99631 Find in a Library
Title: Hispanic Perception of Police Performance - An Empirical Assess mnt
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:6  Dated:(1985)  Pages:487-500
Author(s): D L Carter
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 14
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This exploratory study examines relationships between the police and Hispanics in Texas.
Abstract: Specifically, data were collected on Hispanic evaluations of police performance, expectations of police performance, and overall satisfaction with police. A sample of 500 Hispanics throughout the State of Texas were surveyed on their experience and perceived relationships with three levels of police agencies: local (municipal) police, sheriff's officers, and the state's Department of Public Safety. Findings are reported based upon overall ratings of police, victim-related data, and data from individuals who had any form of contact with the police. Significant findings show that any form of contact with the police appeared to lower the rating of police performance. This appears to be a product of the interaction between high public expectations and qualitatively poor police performance. Further findings indicate that an increase in the fear of crime among Hispanics lowered evaluations of local police. Similarly, victimization lowered the evaluation of local police, the county sheriff, and the Department of Public Safety. Hispanics also perceived that officers have a 'bad attitude,' that the police need to patrol and investigate more, that response time should be improved, and that there should be less discrimination against Hispanics. These findings appear to be largely influenced by ineffective communication (both symbolic and linguistic) and cultural conflict. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Hispanic Americans; Police community relations; Public Opinion of the Police; Texas
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