A Problem in No-Problem-Policing in Germany: Confidence in the Police in Germany and U.S.

Liqun Cao, Eastern Michigan University

ABSTRACT
The literature of qualitative studies on the German police generally paints an image of professionalism, excellence, and public confidence. The published opinion polls toward the police within Germany also show general positive attitudes toward the police. The current study attempts to test this image with comparative data. The results from analyzing data in 1990 show that the public in the United States has higher confidence in the police than that of the German public. This result raises new questions of the seemingly problem-free German police and challenges the German police leadership and police academia to make innovative efforts to improve, forge, and renew a better relationship between the police and the public.

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