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NCJ Number: 187661 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Influence of the Police Uniform
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:70  Issue:3  Dated:March 2001  Pages:27-32
Author(s): Richard R. Johnson M.S.
Date Published: March 2001
Page Count: 6
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article considers the psychological influence of the police uniform.
Abstract: The article reviews the social significance of clothing, the power of the police uniform, changes in the uniform style, the influences of color, and officer safety concerns. The uniform of a police officer conveys the power and authority of the person wearing it; it is a powerful clue to the wearer's authority, capability, and status. It also has a subconscious psychological influence on people. Citizens in the presence of a person in uniform cooperate more and curb their illegal or deviant behaviors. Alterations to the traditional paramilitary police uniform can result in changes in public perception. The style of the clothes, the type of hat, the color of the material, and even the condition of the clothes and equipment have an influence on how citizens perceive officers. The article suggests that police administrators give serious consideration to their uniform policies, including selecting a uniform style, following regulations on properly wearing the uniform, maintaining the uniform, and designing policies to address when officers may wear plainclothes. Notes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Criminology; Management and administrative education; Police equipment; Police management; Psychological research; Psychology of law enforcement; Public Opinion of the Police; Uniform clothing
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