Traditional Police Culture Analysis

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Pro-officers were more liable to use force, and con officers were significantly less likely to use force. These findings suggest that the use of force over citizens is a role for officers’ varying obligation to the traditional culture of policing. This result drives those officers who reject the traditional notion of culture (i.e. the non-cultural group). The present analysis also demonstrates that officer’s attitudinal changes toward the traditional view of police culture produce a difference in coercive actions over suspects. Officers who represent the values of the traditional police culture, or have mixed views towards the culture, were more likely to use coercion compared with officers with nontraditional cultural attitudes.

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