Monday, November 26, 2007

Police Officers on Patrol Avoid Problem Youth

A recently published report of the Program Police and Science states that police officers avoid having contact with problem youth when on patrol. It is not that they look away in cases of criminal behavior or when the youngsters cause trouble, but they avoid unnecessary confrontations.
Despite the fact that both the youngsters and the police have a negative image of one another, contact between the two groups is often without any problems. ‘Maybe this is because they avoid each other, that prevents unnecessary frustration’ according to one of the investigators.

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