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ERIC Number: EJ798133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Racial Differences in Resolving Conflicts: A Comparison between Black and White Police Officers
Sun, Ivan Y.; Payne, Brian K.
Crime & Delinquency, v50 n4 p516-541 2004
This study examined the behavioral differences between Black and White police officers in handling interpersonal conflicts. Observational and survey data from the Project on Policing Neighborhoods and the 1990 census data were used. Actions taken by officers are examined along two behavioral dimensions: coercion and support. Findings show that Black officers are more coercive than their White counterparts in responding to conflicts. Black officers are also more likely than White officers to conduct supportive activities in predominantly Black neighborhoods, whereas they do not differ in initiating supportive actions in racially diverse communities. Situational characteristics play a strong role in determining police actions during conflict resolution. Implications for policy and future research are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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