Modern Police Tactics, Police-Citizen Interactions, and the Prospects for Reform

  title={Modern Police Tactics, Police-Citizen Interactions, and the Prospects for Reform},
  author={Jonathan Mummolo},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1 - 15}
High-profile incidents of police misconduct have led to widespread calls for law enforcement reform. But prior studies cast doubt on whether police commanders can control officers, and offer few policy remedies because of their focus on potentially immutable officer traits like personality. I advance an alternative, institutional perspective and demonstrate that police officers—sometimes characterized as autonomous—are highly responsive to managerial directives. Using millions of records of… 
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  • Jonathan Mummolo
  • Law, Political Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2018
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