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The influence of citizen interaction with the police on crime-reporting behavior : its manifestations among university students

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Avdija, Avdi S.; Giever, Denis M.

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Abstract "Citizen's crime-reporting is generally low, with a number of factors affecting its prevalence and incidence. Research suggests that there is an interrelationship between the type of contacts citizens have with the police (e.g., citizen-initiated or police-initiated), attitudes toward the police, police behavior, and crime-reporting behavior. To determine whether citizen interactions with the police infl uence crime-reporting behavior and attitudes toward the police, this study tested four research hypotheses. The fi ndings of this study suggest that predictors such as citizen-initiated contacts, police-initiated contacts, frequency of those contacts, and exposure to media about police misconduct cannot be used as a group but rather individually to predict all three different levels of crimereporting behavior (i.e., reporting of less serious crimes, reporting of medium-level crimes, and reporting of serious crimes)." (author's abstract)
Keywords police; citizen; criminality; communication barrier; information exchange; behavior; interaction
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Free Keywords media exposure; attitudes toward the police
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 45-61
Journal Criminology & Social Integration, 18 (2010) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution