What is it about?

Police leaders often face competing pressures in their efforts to accommodate police employees and communities. As a result of these accommodative dilemmas, police leaders often feel caught in the middle between these different stakeholder groups.

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Why is it important?

Due to the zero-sum dynamics between police and communities in some jurisdictions, the decision by police leaders to accommodate one group (officers or the community) often means alienating the other.


This article was made possible because of our diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The first author (Maguire) is a criminologist who studies the police, the second author (Hill) is a police manager and PhD student in communication, and the third author (Giles) is a social psychologist and communication scholar. We hope the paper helps people understand the context in which police leaders make communication-related decisions during tense situations.

Edward Maguire
Arizona State University

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This page is a summary of: Caught in the middle: Accommodative dilemmas in police–community relations., Psychology Public Policy and Law, October 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/law0000399.
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