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Violence Related Experiences in Police Practice Including Characteristic Sex Differences

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 2 Issue: 2 Dated: July-December 2010 Pages: 17-32
Karlhans Liebl
Date Published
December 2010
16 pages
The following article focuses on the issue of increasing violence directed towards police officers. It presents a brief profile and research status concerning violence against the police, as well as the definition of violence.
The conducted research was based on the data from the Saxon Police Information System (PASS) and it took into consideration not only the age of police officers, but also sex difference. The aim of such approach was to determine discrepancies in perceiving violence by policemen and policewomen, especially in the context of a growing number of women in German police. After analyzing the definition of violence and its particular examples, the results showed that there were not any significant sex-conditioned differences in the perception of violence. The group most exposed to such behaviors appeared to be young policemen. Policewomen and older policemen mentioned the increase in aggressive attitudes, however they did not adduce any significant changes in violent behaviors against themselves. What is more, the study suggested that policewomen were much less often attacked by men than policemen. One of the aims of the research was to analyze circumstances in which police officers usually encounter violence and what its sources were. The study also showed that in cases when the police was called because of an aggressive behavior incident, after the arrival of the law enforcers aggression escalated, therefore it is necessary to include this problematic issue in future training programs for police officers. (Published Abstract)