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From legalist to Dirty Harry: Police recruits' attitudes towards non-legalistic police practice
The Norwegian Police University College, Norway.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
The Norwegian Police University College, Norway.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 11, no 6, 745-759 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study provides a test of the presumption that police recruits with a diverse background, undertaking comparatively long academic training, will refrain from non-legalistic practices. This is tested by longitudinal survey data, covering two cohorts of Swedish police recruits. The results show stable support for the legalistic perspective during academy training. However, during on-the-job training, the recruits become more positive towards non-legalistic practices. This reorientation takes place quite irrespective of the type of duty to which they are assigned. Additionally, neither the recruits’ nor their parents’ level of education seems to matter. There is some effect of age and gender: young male recruits are somewhat more prone to adopt Dirty Harry-inspired measures – that is, achieving essential ends by tarnished means.

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2014. Vol. 11, no 6, 745-759 p.
Keyword [en]
Autonomy, legalism, police culture, police education, socialization
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Law Sociology
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Social Sciences, Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58795DOI: 10.1177/1477370814525935Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84911976839OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-58795DiVA: diva2:1054639
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

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