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Policing Views From Around the Globe: An Exploratory Study of the Views of College Students From Bangladesh, Canada, Nigeria, and the United States

NCJ Number
International Criminal Justice Review Volume: 20 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2010 Pages: 229-247
Eric G. Lambert; Shanhe Jiang; Mahfuzul I. Khondaker; O. Oko Elechi; David N. Baker; Kasey A. Tucker
Date Published
September 2010
19 pages
This study examined the views on college students towards police.
Although many forces influence how the police operate and how the public views them, cross-national studies on attitudes of the police are rare; therefore, this exploratory study, which examined the views of trust in police and police civility among a convenience sample of 1,425 students from 5 universities in 4 different nations, was conducted. U.S. respondents had the highest views of trust in police and police civility, whereas Bangladeshi and Nigerian college students had the lowest levels; Canadian views were in between the other nations. Social perspectives, history of policing, and sociopolitical structure are salient factors that may contribute to differing views in different countries. Tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)