Public Perception of the Police

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The media portrayal of policing is filled with both positive and negative representations of police work. As a result, a complex relationship exists between media consumption and public attitudes towards the police. The purpose of this study is to test the impact that media consumption has on attitudes toward police misconduct. The research design proposed for use in this study would be the experimental design, a two-group, posttest-only, randomized experiment.

The public impression of police use of force, as brutality, in modern day policing continues to be a sensitive issue for law enforcement agencies across the nation. Police agencies across the United States deal with accusations of misuse of force on
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In this design, the interest is in determining whether the two groups have differing opinions toward police use of force after viewing the subject material. The group’s sensitivity toward the use of force will be measured and compared by testing for the differences of perception using a post-test, intense interviewing, questionnaires, and surveys to determine attitudes. The posttest-only, randomized experimental design is the best research design for assessing cause-effect relationships. It is easy to execute and, because it uses only a posttest, is relatively inexpensive.

The population of my study would be adults randomly selected from major metropolitan areas with a sizeable police force having greater than 1,600 sworn officers. The sampling methods used would be probability sampling, utilizing stratified random sampling. This is a way of sampling the entire population. This type of sample focuses on important subpopulations and ignores irrelevant ones. It tends to improve the accuracy of estimation and is a very efficient sampling method. Furthermore, by utilizing this method we have the option of using proportionate stratified sampling which would eliminate any possibility of an error in the samples distribution of ethnicity or disproportionate stratified sampling that include in the sample intentionally varying the sample from what is


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