Arming the campus cops: A descriptive and multivariate assessment of support

Donald Charles Hummer, II, Thomas L. Austin, Vic W. Bumphus

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Abstract

The general characteristics of crimes occurring on American college and university campuses have changed, reflecting a much greater frequency and variety of criminal activities. Therefore, many campus police departments are considering alternative mechanisms aimed at crime control and diminishing the fear levels of constituents. While most municipal police agencies routinely arm themselves, traditionally, armed police forces have been uncharacteristic of campus law enforcement, especially at smaller, rural and suburban schools. The present research assesses campus constituency support and rationale for arming the police force at one university. Constituent status, gender, fear of crime, outcome of contact with an officer, and political ideology are among the variables discussed in relation to this contemporary issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-268
Number of pages14
JournalPolicing
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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Hummer, II, Donald Charles ; Austin, Thomas L. ; Bumphus, Vic W. / Arming the campus cops : A descriptive and multivariate assessment of support. In: Policing. 1998 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 255-268.
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