Over the past several decades the American university has experienced significant change in terms of its size and student composition. Not only has student enrollment continuously risen but the student body itself has become more diverse, now being represented by more female and minority students. With university campuses now closely mimicking the populations and diversity of small towns crime is now also a serious consideration, which must be addressed by the campus faculty. To address this dilemma, a vast majority of universities now maintain their own police department.
This study examines one medium size mid-western university to ascertain the perceptions of the student body, as they relate to the campus police. The findings show that overall, student perceptions of campus police for this particular university were very positive. However, as literature regarding policing outside of the university suggests race and procedural justice play an important role in shaping student perceptions of the campus police. Further studies are needed to determine how to maximize the efforts of the university campus police department.
|Commitee:||Hedley, Mark, Petrocelli, Matthew|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher Education Administration, Education Policy, Criminology|
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