Changing Conceptions of the Police Role: A Sociological Review

@article{Rumbaut1979ChangingCO,
  title={Changing Conceptions of the Police Role: A Sociological Review},
  author={R. Rumbaut and E. Bittner},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  year={1979},
  volume={1},
  pages={239 - 288}
}
Contemporary conceptions of the police and of the problems of policing in the United States have been shaped by the political upheavals and crisis of legitimacy that confronted all institutions of government in the 1960s. Recent research has focused attention on the structural aspects of discretion and peacekeeping in police work, and on the emergence of the ideology of police-community relations. Such studies have provided a critique of traditional police rationales and have demonstrated the… Expand

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