Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 58–66 | Cite as

Police uniform color and citizen impression formation

  • Richard R. JohnsonEmail author


Clothing color and style are significant factors in impression formation in first-time dealings with strangers. Four common police uniform color schemes are evaluated for their influence on seven scales of impression formation with a sample of 737 citizens in a Midwestern city. Consistent with the previous literature, the all black color scheme was viewed most negatively on six of the seven scales. The light blue shirt and navy blue pants color scheme created the most positive impression on all seven scales. The implications of these findings for police-community relations and department uniform selection are discussed.


Police Officer Police Department Color Scheme Impression Formation Uniform Color 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

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