Methodology, Substance, and Demeanor in Police Observational Research: A Response to Lundman and Others

The article comments on a study published in the August 1996 issue of the "Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency" on suspects' demeanor and its impact on police action. Because police behavior varies with a broad array of individual officer and police organizational and environ...

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Main Author: Fyfe, James J.
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 1996
In:Journal of research in crime and delinquency
Year: 1996, Volume: 33, Issue: 3, Pages: 337-348
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Summary:The article comments on a study published in the August 1996 issue of the "Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency" on suspects' demeanor and its impact on police action. Because police behavior varies with a broad array of individual officer and police organizational and environmental variables, it would be naive to generalize these findings beyond Dade County. Still, they are contrary to what has been reported previously. In the past-perhaps until the mid-1980s-research findings inconsistent with the conventional wisdom typically received two reactions. Most researchers and practitioners examined them closely and carefully for their theoretical and practical implications. Policing generally went through enormous changes between the prior research and the 1985-1986 Metro-Dade work. These changes probably were greater in the Metro-Dade Police Department than they were in any other major U.S. police department. In Dade County, both the community and the department held officers closely accountable for their actions and had put into place all the mechanisms that were missing when the earlier work was done
ISSN:0022-4278