Citizen Perceptions of Police in the Post-Ferguson Era: A Survey in Partnership with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/565806
Title:
Citizen Perceptions of Police in the Post-Ferguson Era: A Survey in Partnership with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office
Authors:
Hendricks, Austin; Kelley, Johnna; Gordon, Paxton; Foley, Alison, PhD
Abstract:
The current study reports the results of a survey designed in conjunction with Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) to assess citizen satisfaction with local police. Research suggests that overall satisfaction with and perceptions about police are shaped by individual’s personal experiences with police as well as their perception of neighborhood safety, sex, race, education level, and age. Based on prior research, we hypothesized that general attitudes about local police would be influenced by attitudes about American police as a whole. This is particularly important given the current national conversation revolving around police use-of-force in the wake of the highly-publicized events in places such as Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. While results are limited by the small and relatively homogenous sample of participants, linear regression models show that when race, neighborhood safety, and gender are controlled for, attitudes towards American police and attitudes towards the officer involved in their most recent encounter were significant predictors of attitudes toward RCSO. Attitudes towards the American police were the strongest predictor of satisfaction with RCSO. The majority of open-ended responses reflected negative attitudes towards police, which varied by race and sex, though many participants offered suggestions for improvement.
Affiliation:
Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Issue Date:
11-Aug-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/565806
Type:
Presentation
Description:
This poster presentation was given at the 2015 CURS Summer Scholars Symposium.
Sponsors:
Office of the Provost, VP for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of Research
Appears in Collections:
Summer Scholars Program

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHendricks, Austinen
dc.contributor.authorKelley, Johnnaen
dc.contributor.authorGordon, Paxtonen
dc.contributor.authorFoley, Alison, PhDen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-11T02:36:38Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-11T02:36:38Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08-11en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/565806en
dc.descriptionThis poster presentation was given at the 2015 CURS Summer Scholars Symposium.en
dc.description.abstractThe current study reports the results of a survey designed in conjunction with Richmond County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) to assess citizen satisfaction with local police. Research suggests that overall satisfaction with and perceptions about police are shaped by individual’s personal experiences with police as well as their perception of neighborhood safety, sex, race, education level, and age. Based on prior research, we hypothesized that general attitudes about local police would be influenced by attitudes about American police as a whole. This is particularly important given the current national conversation revolving around police use-of-force in the wake of the highly-publicized events in places such as Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. While results are limited by the small and relatively homogenous sample of participants, linear regression models show that when race, neighborhood safety, and gender are controlled for, attitudes towards American police and attitudes towards the officer involved in their most recent encounter were significant predictors of attitudes toward RCSO. Attitudes towards the American police were the strongest predictor of satisfaction with RCSO. The majority of open-ended responses reflected negative attitudes towards police, which varied by race and sex, though many participants offered suggestions for improvement.en
dc.description.sponsorshipOffice of the Provost, VP for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of Researchen
dc.subjectPolice Departmenten
dc.subjectPerceptionen
dc.titleCitizen Perceptions of Police in the Post-Ferguson Era: A Survey in Partnership with the Richmond County Sheriff's Officeen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentPamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciencesen
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