Jack Glaser, Professor

Closed (1) A Study on Police-Community Relations

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

We are seeking 1-2 Research Apprentices who are interested in understanding the factors that impact the relationships between police departments and the community. This is for the fall of 2018 with the possibility of also having it for Spring 2019.

There has been a significant amount of attention refocused on problems surrounding police and communities of color. The most consistent remedy identified has been reforming police departments, which is an organizational-level solution. However, only minimal strides have been made in empirical research to understand the various correlates associated with police-community relations.

The goal of this research project is to understand the causal mechanisms undergirding various organizational- and individual-level factors and police-community relations. The data for this project was derived from an in-depth case study conducted with a police department in the Northeast. The case study included (a) 88 interviews with police officers, public officials, and community leaders, (b) 67.7 hours of participant observations, and (c) a review of secondary sources.

Research apprentices will learn how to conduct social science research by taking part in a range of activities including conducting literature reviews, analyzing qualitative data (e.g., editing and coding interview transcripts; identifying themes in the qualitative data), preliminary writing or editing of research findings, as well as any other support for the project that may be needed. We will begin by training each apprentice how to conduct thematic and content analysis using NVivo and/or other qualitative data software. The apprentices may also be invited to attend the psychology and policy lab meetings held once a week.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Andrea Headley, Post-Doc

Qualifications: Applicants should have an interest in public policy, criminal justice, policing, and/or qualitative research. The required qualifications include: strong organizational skills, work ethic, attentive to details, good writing skills, experience conducting literature reviews, and experience using Microsoft Office programs. Ability to work independently and remotely at times may be required. Experience analyzing qualitative interviews and coding transcriptions using NVivo is a plus but not required (we can work with the apprentice to develop these skills). Knowledge of statistical packages (Stata, SPSS, etc.) and related software may be helpful as well, but not required.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs