Determinants of College Students' Attitudes Toward Private Police

Mahesh K. Nalla, Michigan State University
Cedrick G. Heraux, Michigan State University

College students in large mid-Western school were surveyed concerning their attitudes toward private security officers. Responses were received from 631 undergraduate students (of 750 distributed surveys) and are summarized in this article. More specifically we examined if students' views about the nature of security work, security goals, and security professionalism influences their positive or negative attitudes toward security officers. The findings suggest that respondent views about the nature, goals, and professionalism of private security directly influences their attitudes toward private security officers.

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