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Chapter 5: The Color of Safety: The Psychology of Race and Policing

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The Color of Safety: The Psychology of Race and Policing
The Color of Safety: The Psychology of Race and Policing
Rick TrinknerPhillip Atiba Goff
INTRODUCTION

Psychology offers a great deal of insight to the study of policing. As a discipline, it is principally concerned with the relations between mental processes, the environment, and behavior. Central to the study of psychology is the belief that behavior emerges from a complex amalgam of contextual factors interacting with internal cognitive, emotional, and biological mechanisms. From a psychological perspective a complete understanding of policing and the role it plays in ordering society must not only include an examination of the nature of the job and the environment within which it is conducted, but also an examination of the internal mental faculties ...

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