Police Support for/Opposition to Various Reforms

Earlier today I was reminded of some data I’m sitting on that my colleagues and I never published anywhere. This comes from a web-based survey of police officers at a large, southern agency that we administered in 2018. The response rate was 31%. So we asked officers to consider eight ideas that “have been proposed as ways to improve policing” and indicate the extent they supported or opposed each. We listed a hodgepodge of “reforms” including some that would (1) expand police authority, (2) restrict police authority, or (3) increase citizen oversight.

Measurement matters: Attitudinal v. behavioral survey questions

Our survey experiment suggests the wording of questions about police fairness matters.

What Does the Public Want Police to Do During Pandemics? A National Experiment

Forthcoming at *Criminology & Public Policy.*

Body-worn cameras and transparency: Experimental evidence of inconsistency in police executive decision-making

Forthcoming at *Justice Quarterly.*

Understanding body-worn camera diffusion in U.S. policing

We examine factors associated with BWC usage in municipal PDs as of 2018.

Now in print: Three experiments concerned with the Demeanor Hypothesis

Published Open Access in Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Predictors of Body-Worn Camera Diffusion amidst the Push for Greater Transparency in 21st Century Policing in the United States

At the 2019 ASC Conference, I present findings from research with Natalie Todak and Brandon Tregle on BWCs and police transparency.

Testing a Theoretical Model of Perceived Audience Legitimacy: The Neglected Linkage in the Dialogic Model of Police–community Relations

We examine police perceptions of their legitimacy in the eyes of the public, using survey data from two police samples.

New research: Police perceptions of their audience legitimacy

Forthcoming at _JRCD_.

Compliance, Noncompliance, and the In-between: Causal Effects of Civilian Demeanor on Police Officers’ Cognitions and Emotions

Three experiments showed that citizen demeanor affects officers' emotions and cognitions, independent of compliance.