Police minority recruitment: A note on its effectiveness in improving black evaluations of the police

Scott H. Decker, Russell L. Smith

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This research note explores the relationship between police minority recruitment and black attitudes toward the police. Two specific measures of the independent variable-minority recruitment-were examined. In spite of considerable speculation to the contrary, neither program variable was found to have the expected effect on minority attitudes. This held for a variety of dependent variables. Several suggestions about the results are offered and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1980


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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