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Public Perception on Police
A study on the attitude of law enforcement by public opinion was organized by Jeffery Goodman a professor of psychology, with assistance provided by two of his students both being undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Initially, they intend to uncover how the population of Americans feel towards police as well as the laws implemented. After debriefing, the research conducted was in fact used to understand the proper force that should be used when dealing with possible life threatening situations or uncooperative civilians. The motive to collect this data is due to the late cases that highlight excessive force. This being the driving force behind Americans losing certainty and support on police.
Ensuing my permission to take part as a participant, I was presented with a scenario in which a police officer pulls over a vehicle as a result of swerving through multiple lanes. When pulled over the driver is revealed to be a middle aged white male who smells of alcohol. The driver does not comply with the officer’s demands for the driver to exit the vehicle and a take sobriety test. The officer attempted to persuade the driver out of the car for a total of thirty minutes while back up came to aid the officer. Still reluctant to exit the car the officer gave the driver two options, one was to get out of the car immediately, the second was threatening the driver to use force to extract the him. Shortly after the driver exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest.
Following the scenario, questions about the police officer from the short passage were asked along with my opinion on law enforcement and policies. Options for answering to questions were given scale (strongly disagree, disagree, somewhat disagree, neither agree or disagree, somewhat agree, agree, and strongly agree) in order to rate which I agreed with most. I came across questions: “The officer treated the driver with respect”, “The police in my neighborhood can be trusted to do what’s right in my neighborhood”, “The law represents the moral value of people like yourself “. Most questions pertained to the direct subject at hand.
Police and Policing
Evidence of Participation
__________________________ has participated in a psychology research study titled, “Attitudes toward Police and Policing.” This study is being conducted by Jeffrey Goodman (Psychology faculty), Brady Palecek (Criminal Justice student), and Aaron Tryhus (Psychology student) of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. The study involves a single online session and takes 15 minutes or less to complete. We thank you once again for your participation in our study. If you have any remaining questions, please feel free to contact us.
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The purpose of this research is to investigate attitudes toward the police and policing. We are specifically interested in determining people’s views on the appropriateness of the use of force as a function of a driver’s behavior, race/ethnicity, and sex. Recent polls indicate that Americans’ confidence in the police is at a multi-year low, and recent high-profile cases involving deadly use of force appear to be responsible for this attitude change. We predict that assessments of a police officer’s behavior, the perceived appropriateness of the officer’s use of force, and general attitudes toward police and policing will vary as a function of features of the driver (sex and race/ethnicity) and the driver’s behavior. Of course, these are only our predictions. Please contact us if you wish to know the results of our study.
If you have any questions or concerns about the nature of this study, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004, (715) 836-2215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Dr. Michael Axelrod, Chair, Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, Schofield 17, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004, (715) 836-2373.
Attitudes Toward r force that should be used when dealing with possible life threatening situations or uncooperative civilians. The motive to collect this data is due to the late cases that highlight excessive force. This being the driving force behind Americans losing certainty and support on police.
If you have any questions or concerns about the nature of this study, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, Depar