Observations on the Making of a Police Officer


Like most graduate students, I entered the Ph.D. program pretty clueless. Because I love cities, I wanted to study something urban related. In sociology, that generally means race, education, or immigration. I’m not certain exactly when I started thinking about police as an academic field, but something odd was happening in 1995, my first year of sociology graduate school at Harvard. Crime was plummeting, and nobody knew why.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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