Data Collection on Support for Police Militarization Among a Sample of Police Officers, Police Executives, and Members of the U.S. Congress
This chapter provides an overview of the study on support for PM by key stakeholders of the practice, the results of which are presented in the remaining chapters of this book. Specifically, this chapter provides a detailed description of the data collection procedures, sampling technique, measures used in the study, and the research questions addressed. A discussion of Black’s theory of law is provided in order to develop theoretical predictions and a better understanding of the findings in this research. Additionally, this chapter addresses the first research question regarding the variation in support for PM in general, and in specific aspects of the practice across police officers, police executives, and members of the U.S. Congress. Results indicate that although there is general support for various aspects of PM across all stakeholders, the level of support can vary greatly for Congress versus law enforcement for specific aspects of PM.
KeywordsPolice militarization Data Research methods Black’s theory of law
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