Victimization, citizen fear, and attitudes toward police

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Richard L. Dukes
Robert H. Hughes


Respondents from 1200 randomly selected households in Colorado reported via telephone on victimization. fear of crime, and attitudes toward police. Women, older respondents, and whites expressed more favorable attitudes toward police than men, younger respondents, and non-whites. Rear of being hurt during victimization for a personal crime moderated the relation between the seriousness of victimization and attitudes toward police. We discuss these results within a community policing perspective.

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