Date of Award

Summer 7-12-2022

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

School

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Committee Chair

Dr. Charles Scheer

Committee Chair School

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Committee Member 2

Dr. Lisa Nored

Committee Member 2 School

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Committee Member 3

Dr. Ragan Downey

Committee Member 3 School

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Abstract

The call for police reform has been sparked by incidents involving the shooting and killing of individuals by the police. Public and political scrutiny of police behavior and procedures has created a social identity of “Us Versus Them” mentality among police officers. Proactive policing strategies have diminished in response to the heightened scrutiny of police procedures and behavior, in turn, initiating a reduction in police protection and an increase in crime. While research has identified the importance of police presence, the literature does not yet answer questions regarding factors which influence police proactivity. To address the gap in understanding, this project examines the relationships among police agency satisfaction, training and police proactivity and illustrates the important role of police agency culture and its impact on police behavior. These findings can be utilized and potentially implemented to reform police practice by developing programs and policies to encourage police proactivity which is grounded in evidence-based training and programming.

ORCID ID

0000-0001-9582-7390

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