Police Prejudice as a Function of Training and Outgroup Contact

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Title Police Prejudice as a Function of Training and Outgroup Contact
Author Wortley, Richard Keith; Homel, Ross
Journal Name Law and Human Behavior
Year Published 1995
Place of publication USA
Publisher Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
Abstract A longitudinal study investigated prejudice among 412 New South Wales (Australia) police recruits. Recruits were tested on Beswick and Hills' (1972) Australian E scale and Ray's (1972) Balanced F scale at recruitment, after 6 months' full-time academy training, and after 12 months' police experimence. It was found that over the period of academy training recruits became less authoritarian but did not vary on ethnocentrism. Over the field experience stage recruits became both more ethnocentric and authoritarian. Further, recruits sent to districts with large Aboriginal populations became significantly more ethnocentric but no more authoritarian than other recruits. At a theoretical level, results suggest that police attributes may develop as a function of particular policing experiences. At an applied level, results suggest that training alone is unlikely to overcome the problem of police prejudice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01501662
Volume 19
Page from 305
Page to 319
ISSN 0147-7307
Date Accessioned 1996-01-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/27157
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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