Assessing the Perceived Image of Citizens about Romanian Police Forces

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In a society which has become increasingly more complex, the role of Police forces tends to be versatile. Accordingly, lately, researchers gave a special attention to subjects regarding Police, and implicitly to the public image of the institution.
Generally, the police image is conceptualized based on three main categories: overall image, outcomes and process (Mastrofski, 1998). The overall image of police reflects perceptions, feelings and evaluations about the police in general. As Gallagher, Maguire, Mastrofski, & Reisig (2001) stated, this area includes various general descriptions and analysis of the confidence and trust in the police (e.g., Hough, Jackson & Bradford, 2013; Stanko, Jackson, Bradford & Kohl, 2012), satisfaction with
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In a society which has become increasingly more complex, the role of Police forces tends to be versatile. Accordingly, lately, researchers gave a special attention to subjects regarding Police, and implicitly to the public image of the institution.
Generally, the police image is conceptualized based on three main categories: overall image, outcomes and process (Mastrofski, 1998). The overall image of police reflects perceptions, feelings and evaluations about the police in general. As Gallagher, Maguire, Mastrofski, & Reisig (2001) stated, this area includes various general descriptions and analysis of the confidence and trust in the police (e.g., Hough, Jackson & Bradford, 2013; Stanko, Jackson, Bradford & Kohl, 2012), satisfaction with the police (de ex. Ashcroft, Daniels & Hart, 2002; Skogan 2005), police performance in general (Cheurprakobkit, 2000; Cheurprakobkit & Bartsch, 2001), etc., all as indicators of citizens’ attitude toward police (Avjida, 2010).
Despite the abundant approach of the subject in foreign cultures, especially Anglo-American, Romanian scholarly literature doesn’t seem to be focused on the image of Romanian police forces. There are only a few studies that addressed the problem of perception or attitude toward Police or police officers (e.g. Constantin & Stoica- Constantin, 1999), and from which, mostly used opinion barometers as measurement methods (e.g. GfK Trust Index, 2011; Global Corruption Barometer, 2013).
The image assessment can be

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