Two Case Studies for Police Officers

2992 Words May 12th, 2005 12 Pages
In life there are a lot of issues that involve social psychology. Being a police officer is a profession that encounters a lot of social psychology issues. One issue that all police officers have to encounter is prejudice. Police officers have to not be prejudiced against the citizens that they are trying to protect and serve the criminals that they must apprehend and also against each other. Two case studies that will be discussed are prejudice against female police officers by their male counterparts and racial prejudice against potential criminals.
You're a female cop. You arrive to your precinct fifteen minutes before you scheduled time to prepare yourself for the day, and you patiently wait for your partner to arrive. Fifteen
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Discrimination, defined as: Negative behavior directed against people because of their membership to a particular group. (Brehm, Kassin, & Fein, 2005) Many of the male counterparts in the police force will discriminate against women because they are female. Being a member of the female group, may complicate many things for a female's police experience. Prejudice defined as: Negative feelings toward people because of their membership in certain groups. (Brehm, Kassin, & Fein, 2005). Prejudice is very similar to discrimination, but the fact that the male counterparts may have these prejudiced beliefs about women because they are a female, will impact their actions towards the female officer. Stereotyping defined as: A belief that associates a group of people with certain traits. (Brehm, Kassin, & Fein, 2005). There are a lot of negative stereotypes associated with being a woman such as being weaker than men and less intelligent. These stereotypes will greatly hinder a female officer's ability to prove themselves to these male counterparts. These issues all came up in the situation that was presented earlier. When the male partner told the female partner to stay in the car, the female was encountering all of these behaviors. However, these are not the only psychological factors you will have to deal with. When the male police officers decide to exclude a female officer from social
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