To present systematic social observation (SSO) data concerning the work routines and citizen interactions of suburban police officers, including a detailed breakdown of how these officers spent time on their shift and the nature in which they interacted with citizens.
This paper presents systematic social observation.
In some ways, suburban police officers behave much like other types of officers, especially the manner in which they spend time alone on shift. There appears to be some degree of variability in terms of the nature of police‐citizen encounters both within the observed group of suburban officers and between them and other types of police.
Researchers interested in describing variations in police behavior across agencies should strive to include suburban agencies in their samples, so that it can be investigated whether or not, and to what degree, suburban community structures impact police behavior on the street.
Of value to those involved with, or interested in, variations in police behavior across suburban communities.
Liederbach, J. (2005), "Addressing the “elephant in the living room”: An observational study of the work of suburban police", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 415-434. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639510510614537Download as .RIS
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