Ulrich Wagner, Maria-Therese Friehs & Patrick Ferdinand Kotzur

Universität Marburg, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Universität Osnabrück

The image of the police in the eyes of German students

This study is based on a survey of first-year students regar­ding their image of policepersons and their behaviour in­tentions towards the police The results are contrasted with the students’ image of university professors and politicians Overall, the image of and the behaviour intentions towards the police are positive A differentiation of the results accor­ding to respondents’ attributes show that highly authoritarian participants consider the police to be warmer compared to low authoritarian ones High dominance-oriented respondents (compared to low dominance-oriented ones) devaluate the competence of the police and express the intention to actively harm the police Practical recommendations derived from the results are discussed.

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