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Resident Perceptions of Police Mistreatment and use of Force in a Troubled Trinidadian Neighborhood

NCJ Number
Journal of Crime & Justice Volume: 34 Issue: 3 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 234-249
Joseph B. Kuhns; Devon Johnson; William R. King
Date Published
November 2011
16 pages
This study explored citizens perceptions of police misbehavior.
This study examines public perceptions of police mistreatment and use of force in a disadvantaged neighborhood in a developing Caribbean nation. This research describes residents' perceptions of, and experiences with, police misbehavior before and after the implementation of a community-oriented policing initiative. Multivariate analyses examine whether the factors influencing perceptions of police use of excessive force varied across time. The initial results suggest that the introduction of community policing did not positively influence citizens' views of, or experiences with, police mistreatment in this neighborhood. Results from the multivariate analyses suggest that the factors predicting public views about the frequency of excessive use of force by police did change over time. The authors offer several explanations for why change in residents' views of police misbehavior did and did not occur. (Published Abstract)