American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 89–108 | Cite as

Police officers’ attitudes toward their role and work: A comparison of black and white officers

  • Ivan Y. Sun


This study tests whether Black and White police officers differ in job-related attitudes. The analyses focus on officers’ attitudes toward police role, selective enforcement, legal restrictions, and departmental problem-solving efforts. Survey data were collected from the Indianapolis Police Department (IPD) during the summer of 1996. Findings show that compared to White officers, Black officers tend to have a broad role orientation, be less selective, and have positive attitudes toward legal restrictions. Implications for future research and policy are also discussed.


Police Officer Legal Restriction Role Orientation Patrol Officer Violent Crime Rate 
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeOld Dominion UniversityNorfolk

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