Citizen Complaints as Threats To Police Legitimacy: The Role of Officers' Occupational Attitudes
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Contemp. Crim. Justice
police; occupational attitudes; citizen complaints; procedural justice; police legitimacy; PROCEDURAL JUSTICE; EXCESSIVE FORCE; CULTURE; COERCION; ALLEGATIONS; MISCONDUCT; VALIDITY; BEHAVIOR; IMPACT; LAW; Criminology & Penology
Citizen complaints of police misconduct represent formal expressions of procedural injustice and can thereby threaten police legitimacy. Although prior explanations of complaints have focused primarily on officer demographics, police occupational attitudes have been ignored. The current study fills this empirical void by analyzing data collected from the Assessing Police Use of Force Policy and Outcomes project. We examine the role of patrol officers' global assessments of their occupation, and specific facets of their internal and external work environments, on overall citizen complaints, as well as allegations of officer discourtesy and improper use of force. Results from our multivariate models reveal a number of attitudinal effects. The implications of these findings for police practitioners and researchers are considered.
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
"Citizen Complaints as Threats To Police Legitimacy: The Role of Officers' Occupational Attitudes" (2015). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6823.