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Attitudes toward peers, supervisors, and citizens: a comparison of Chinese and Taiwanese police officers

Yuning Wu (Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Ivan Sun (Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA)
Tzu-Ying Lo (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York, USA)
Jianhong Liu (University of Macau, Macau SAR, China)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 25 August 2022

Issue publication date: 17 February 2023




This paper comparatively assesses the connections between individual demographic traits, occupational characteristics, and organizational factors and officers' attitudes toward important groups in China and Taiwan.


Survey data used in this study were collected from 722 police officers from mainland China and 531 officers from Taiwan. Multivariate regression analyses were conducted to assess the correlates of police attitudes toward peers, supervisors, and citizens.


The Chinese and Taiwanese officers do not differ in their trust in peers, but the Chinese officers hold significantly more positive views on the trustworthiness of supervisors and citizens compared to the Taiwanese officers. Supervisor justice and organizational identification are significant predictors of officers' attitudes toward all three groups in both countries.

Research limitations/implications

A major limitation revolves around the inability to test and explain exactly why findings from the two groups vary in their ways. Future research should include specific social, political, and cultural predictors.


This study represents one of the few studies that compare police attitudes toward important groups of peers, supervisors, and citizens across nations/cultures.



Wu, Y., Sun, I., Lo, T.-Y. and Liu, J. (2023), "Attitudes toward peers, supervisors, and citizens: a comparison of Chinese and Taiwanese police officers", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 130-147.



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