Why Everybody Loves and Hates Cops

  • Philip Bonifacio
Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)


Virtually from the day he enters the police academy, the police officer is the target of ambivalence from just about everyone. He is confronted with ambivalent messages from the public, the police department itself, from his family and friends, and from fellow officers. As described in Chapter 1, ambivalence is the simultaneous feelings of love and hate. The symptoms of ambivalence take the form of “mixed” or “double” messages sent by the ambivalent person to the object of these ambivalent feelings. For example, the police officer may receive feelings of admiration and contempt, affection and hostility, love and hate, from the same individual at almost the same time.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Bonifacio
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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