Are We There Yet? Perceptive Roles of African American Police Officers in Small Agency Settings

June 2014
Western Journal of Black Studies;Summer2014, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p123
Academic Journal
One aspect of police behavior that has not been fully or consistently emphasized is the problem of perception, particularly how African American police officers serving in smaller law enforcement agencies perceive themselves and their view of how their agencies and the communities they serve perceive them. African American police officers were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the positive or negative effects of their presence in local police agencies. Key findings indicate that African American police officers still find themselves victims of racial indifference and seemingly hostile work environments; believe that racial profiling is both practiced and condoned by their agencies; that agencies do little to improve diversity and provide little support for their efforts; and that they strongly perceive their presence in these smaller agencies to be a positive effect on police interactions in the minority community.


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