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CRM/LAW C139
MIDTERM EXAM
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September 22 Lecture 1
Office hours: 2:30- 3:30 (Yates) SE II 3384
Email TA
2 exams (multiple choice)
1. Thursday Oct 27th
2.Final December 6 (not cumulative) from lecture
Post Slides
o If you don’t do well on exams you can write essay (250 or 1pg) to reinforce
questions you got wrong
o So if you miss questions (up to 4) you can write 4 essays (1 for each)
o Essays for midterm and final
Required readings*
o Don’t read every single word
Why do we want to study police?
o Are embodiment of government’s exercise of control and authority
o Represent government mechanism of social control/authority
o Public exposed more to police than to any other agents of the state
Public’s Positive attitudes leads them to be more likely to
o Possess a strong sense of involvement and inclusion in political system
o Think that political system is legitimate
o Approval of local, state, and federal governments
o Possess positive perceptions of the judiciary and administration of justice
Attitudes toward government are likely to reflect in attitudes toward
police
People will start to reject the system (not only the police)
o Reject state authority
Negative perceptions of police erode confidence in legitimacy of system
o Results in public resistance to police authority
Police behavior has been indicted as igniting incidents of civil unrest and riots
during past 50 years
Police instituted for crime control
o Public satisfaction leads to public be more willing to help police
Efficacy of law enforcement
o Disapproval of the police may decrease likelihood that citizens will
cooperate (police may be seen as agents of suppression)
Police are likely to encounter greater resistance to their authority
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The city has to pay for how their officers behave
36 million dollars in Boston spent in lawsuits
Police perceptions drive changes in departments
Negative attitudes drive changes
Shifts from beauratric policing to community policing
1. Attempts to change police have been problematic
a. Police resistant to change because of culture in place
i. Difficult to change something through current measures people are
offering
2. Police have a certain way of looking at themselves (law enforcement)
a. What do we expect from the police?
i. Public wants police to solve their problems and protect them
3. Policing is predominantly viewed as a law enforcement activity
a.
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