Police Officers as Applied Social Scientists

  • Hans Toch
  • J. Douglas Grant


The role of the problem-oriented officer is a new role (see Chapter 1) and, to some, a threatening role (see Chapter 4). It is also a vaguely defined role, which means that the incumbents have to be brave, risktaking pioneers who must conquer unexplored terrain, however strongly they may be backed by innovative superiors. The accounts we have available of problem-oriented experiments reflect this pioneering flavor and the uncertainty it brings. These accounts, however, also provide a sense of what it means for the adventure to culminate in a colonized frontier.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Toch
    • 1
  • J. Douglas Grant
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Social Action Research CenterNicasioUSA

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