Exploring Police Behavior Through a Formal Authority Scale

Robert A. Brown, University of Cincinnati
James Frank, University of Cincinnati

ABSTRACT
Existing research on officer decision making during encounters with citizens has been dominated by dichotomous dependent measures (arrest/no arrest; force/no force), which fail to tap variation in the amount of law officers' use. Using data collected through systematic social observations, we examine variation in the quatity of law officers' use during encounters with citizens. Further, we examine the explanatory power of individual, situational, and community level variables on the quantity of law officers use when they interact with citizens.

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