Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Michael T Rossler
Depolicing occurs when law enforcement officers disengage from proactive police work. In recent years, the term depolicing has become more popular with many seeing the phenomenon as negative. Prior literature has identified various predictors of such behavior. The current inquiry uses secondary data from a survey to further examine the predictors of depolicing. Respondents consisted of police officers from four different U.S law enforcement agencies. Results indicate that officers who experience higher levels of both public scrutiny and liability concerns are more inclined to depolice. Also, results indicate that experiencing higher levels of both public scrutiny and liability concerns are significant estimators of higher levels of observed depolicing. Thus, community and external factors appear to be better estimates of depolicing rather than supervisory or individual factors.
Foster, Jacob Terrell, "Depolicing: An Empirical Analysis" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 1435.