Public Perception and Police Attitude

Youngyol Yim, Metropolitan State University
Brian D. Schafer, Minneapolis Police Department

This study examines how police in a metropolitan city believe they are perceived and how that perception affects the officer's attitude and performance. In addition, other variables affecting a police officer's attitude and job performance are identified. The study population in this research was derived from sworn police officers from a large metropolitan police agency. An initial study sample size of 100 officers was surveyed using a multi-cluster, systematic sampling method and a response rate was 78%. Data were collected using a self-administered survey questionnaire. Multiple, one-way analyses of variance (ANOVA) and multiple regression were performed on data derived from the questionnaire which responded to several research hypotheses. Several policy implications of the findings and sugggestions for future research are discussed.

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