Laila Abdul-Rahman


Perception of Crime and Punitivity among Police Students

At the University of Applied Police Science in Hamburg police students (N = 274) were surveyed on their perception of crime and punitive attitudes, as well as victimisation and fear of crime connected to their job. Further students were asked about their political attitudes, satisfaction with the political system, institutional trust and personal traits, like authoritarianism and causal attribution. By comparing “Beginners” i.e. students without or with very limited police experience with so called “Climbers” i.e. students who already have an average job experience of 5 years as police officers, it could be shown that “Climbers” show stronger punitive attitudes, even if other variables are controlled. Furthermore, it was also looked at the influence of professional self-perception on punitivity.

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