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In this paper we present research about the reputation of the police among youngsters in Haarlem, a regular city in the Netherlands. The conclusions are based upon surveys held among 241 youngsters and 85 police officers. In these surveys, questions have been asked about the way the police do their job and the way in which they handle youngsters. The main conclusion is that youngsters in Haarlem are, in most cases, more satisfied with the police than police officers in that city expect them to be. On the one hand, this is good news. The more people have faith in the police, the more legitimate the actions of the police are. On the other hand, the fact that police officers do not expect youngsters to be as positive as they are, is a missed opportunity. This situation might negatively affect the attitude of police officers towards youngsters they get in contact with. This needless pessimism among police officers concerning their reputation, might not be limited to youngsters. Adults as well might be more positive about the police than police officers think. It is therefore important to invest in a realistic image among police officers of the reputation they have among civilians. In this context, it would for instance be useful to further investigate what factors contribute to the expectations police officers have concerning their reputation.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)10
JournalTijdschrift voor de politie
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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