Questions about the Police Role

1/23: Class 2

Readings
Rumbaut & Bittner, “Changing Conceptions of the Police Role: A Sociological Review,” Crime & Justice (1980)

Questions about the police role:

1. What do police do?
2. Why do they do what they do? How has the history of policing shaped the police role
3. How has the persistence of the police myth shaped our perceptions of police work?
4. How might a better understanding of the police role speak to efforts at police reform?

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