oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Police cynicism in New York and Transkei: A comparative analysis

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Empirical research on police cynicism began with Arthur Niederhoffer's (1967) investigation among 220 police officers in the New York City Police Department (NYCPD) during 1962 when police professionalism was very much in the limelight. His project was largely motivated by his practical experience as a police officer, and he hoped to clarify such matters as the relation between cynicism and professionalism, the turning-point in cynicism and how to restore dedication to a career in the police force.

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