Which police officers have the most information about the most violent crime?
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An Australian study has found that officers who report incidents of serious violence are more likely to receive positive results from their inquiries, while those who do not report are more inclined to recommend a conviction.
In a study of more than 3,000 police officers in the United States, researchers at the University of Southern California looked at officers who reported the most incidents of violence between January 2009 and June 2016, as well as those who did not.
In addition to the increased conviction rates, the researchers found that the officers who provided the most detailed information about incidents of violent crime were more likely than the average to be promoted.
“We found that police officers who are not violent offenders, but who report a violent incident, were more than twice as likely to be rewarded with a promotion than officers who did report incidents,” Professor Robert W. Pankow, one of the authors of the study, told The Independent.
“If you’re a violent offender, you’re likely to get a promotion and it’s the same for officers who don’t report a crime.”
The study, published in the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice, also found that a person’s likelihood of being promoted was higher for those who were willing to report violent incidents to the police, and for those that reported an incident of serious crime, while it was not related to how violent an incident was.
“In the past, when we saw a crime being committed and the suspect was known to the victim, the police officer’s response was usually, ‘Well, we need to investigate, we don’t want to investigate.’
Now, we’re seeing officers are less likely to report an incident,” Professor Pankows said.”
It’s not just a one-off situation.
They’re responding to a crime, and they’re responding in a way that might lead to a conviction.”
The findings come after a series of high-profile police shootings, including those of Michael Brown and Philando Castile, which has prompted calls for better training for officers.
The study also found an association between police officers’ willingness to report incidents and the rate of the person who is subsequently charged.
“There is an association that there is an increased likelihood of a person who was in a relationship with the police who is charged with a crime,” Professor Wainwright said.
Professor Wainwritt added that although he did not believe the study would have a big impact on the way police departments treat people with mental illness, he believed it could be used to change the way the police handle those with mental health issues.
“I think it’s an important piece of work to say, look, if we can find a way to make officers who aren’t violent criminals more likely, it could help us prevent those who are violent offenders from being arrested, which would help us save lives,” he said.
The study was carried out by the University at Buffalo, and has been published in Criminological Research.
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