Title

Complexities of Police Perception: Portland Police

Date

5-26-2016 10:15 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 10:30 AM

Location

HSS 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Maureen Dolan

Abstract

This research sought to examine a dual perspective of community-police perceptions in a low income and diverse neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Two police officers were interviewed and thirty-six community members responded to a questionnaire. Five police ride-alongs with Portland Police were used to help analyze the complexities of police perceptions of the community. My findings suggest that variables such as social media, personal experience, and education contributed to negative perceptions by community members and police officers.

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May 26th, 10:15 AM May 26th, 10:30 AM

Complexities of Police Perception: Portland Police

HSS 235

This research sought to examine a dual perspective of community-police perceptions in a low income and diverse neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Two police officers were interviewed and thirty-six community members responded to a questionnaire. Five police ride-alongs with Portland Police were used to help analyze the complexities of police perceptions of the community. My findings suggest that variables such as social media, personal experience, and education contributed to negative perceptions by community members and police officers.