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Affect and trust as predictors of public support for armed police: evidence from London

Yesberg, JA; Bradford, B; (2019) Affect and trust as predictors of public support for armed police: evidence from London. Policing and Society , 29 (9) pp. 1058-1076. 10.1080/10439463.2018.1488847. Green open access

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Abstract

Police in England, Scotland and Wales operate largely unarmed and have done since the formation of the London Metropolitan Police in 1829. However, recent terror attacks and concern over serious violent crime have prompted increased funding for armed officers and even calls for routine arming of police. In this paper, we present results from the first in-depth study of public attitudes towards the arming of more police. Starting from the assumption that most people have little concrete knowledge of the potential benefits and risks of doing so, we show that trust, and particularly affective responses to the idea of armed police, are central in shaping support for the routine arming of more officers. A range of other sociological and psychological variables are also important, but only in as much as they are correlated with trust and, again, particularly affect. Our findings have implications not only for this specific policy development, but also wider consideration of lay reactions to changes in police policy and technology.

Type: Article
Title: Affect and trust as predictors of public support for armed police: evidence from London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2018.1488847
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2018.1488847
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Armed police, affect, public trust, attitudes
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050842
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