January 1, 1990
Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Addressing the issue of quality of policing in America, the authors argue that it is important to consider the role played by minorities. They argue that policing is powerfully conditioned by broad social forces and attitudes - including a long history of racism. They also wish to take into consideration how institutions, norms and attitudes have dealt with racial minorities and how those dealings affected the role of police. Their main argument is that the strategies of police in dealing with minorities have been different from those in dealing with others, that the changes in police strategies in minority communities have been more problematical and that therefore the beneficial consequences of those changes for minorities have been less noticeable.
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