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dc.contributor.authorWortley, RK
dc.contributor.editorCurt R. Bartol
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:13:54Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:13:54Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.date.modified2010-03-30T08:07:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0093-8548
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/5781
dc.description.abstractThis article describes the construction of two scales to measure police attitudes toward the selective enforcement of the law. The Service-Legalistic scale measures police discretion along a flexible-inflexible continuum. Service-oriented police advocate the use of discretion to help solve social problems; legalistic police oppose discretion because it interferes with their duty to enforce the law equitably. The Watchman scale examines the use of discretion to maintain control. Watchman-oriented police simultaneously ignore minor offenses and call for greater powers to deal with serious crime. Service-related discretion was found to negatively correlate with authoritarianism and the belief that crime is caused by the individual dispositions of offenders; watchman-related discretion positively correlated with authoritarianism, ethnocentrism, and a belief in individual crime causation.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.format.extent69248 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage
dc.publisher.placeThousand Oaks, CA
dc.publisher.urihttp://cjb.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/30/5/538
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom538
dc.relation.ispartofpageto558
dc.relation.ispartofissue5
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
dc.relation.ispartofvolume30
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleMeasuring police attitudes towards discretion
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
gro.rights.copyright© 2003 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in Criminal Justice & Behavior. This journal is available online: http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/vol30/issue5/
gro.date.issued2003
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorWortley, Richard K.


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