On March 12, 20165, Psychology's Meg
Reardon presented a paper titled “Policing the Police: Attitudes Towards
of Police” at the annual American Psychology - Law Society conference in
This research found that participants have mixed feelings about the militarization of police, with participants strongly endorsing items reflecting the need to support police officers and that the world is a
more dangerous place than it used to be, but also strongly endorsing items calling for more surveillance of police and holding police accountable for their actions. A sizable minority of the sample (30%)
reported witnessing police use of excessive force and this experience interacted with legal attitudes to influence perceptions of police. These results raise questions about the ways in which people view excessive force and the factors that influence these perceptions.
Department of Psychology