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Law enforcement responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: Selected findings and suggestions for future research

R. Alan Thompson (College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)
James W. Marquart (College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 1 December 1998

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Abstract

Much attention is given to the topic of HIV/ AIDS within the general population and several specific professions, namely the medical and related health‐care fields. By comparison, little serious attention is devoted to the implications this deadly disease poses for the law enforcement profession and its practitioners. In response to this situation, a study was undertaken to assess the nature, accuracy and extent of officers’ beliefs, perceptions and attitudes about HIV/AIDS as it relates to the performance of their daily law enforcement responsibilities. Preliminary results from this empirical effort indicate that officers do in fact possess a range of personal views that are expected to directly influence the profession’s future development. Selected findings and their implications for both training and policy initiatives, as well as suggestions for additional empirical research endeavours, are presented and discussed.

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Thompson, R.A. and Marquart, J.W. (1998), "Law enforcement responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: Selected findings and suggestions for future research", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 648-665. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639519810241674

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