and mandating - Are police uniforms intimidating

Months ago they were mechanics, business owners, security guards, military men, retail clerks and even a staffer for a congressman. Others, academy staffers suspect, joined for the good paycheck in a down economy.

For most of them, the classroom is a long way from where they came.

Police forces are often defined as being separate from military or other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors; however, gendarmerie are military units charged with civil policing.

In another study, a female researcher alternately dressed in business attire, casual clothes or a police-style uniform and told passersby to give change to a person who was parked at an expired meter.

Again, the rate of compliance among both men and women was highest when she was dressed in a uniform.

The irrefutable conclusion of all three research projects is that the police uniform is one of the most immediate, important visual representations of the law enforcement professional, instantly signaling authority and official status and inspiring people to respond accordingly.

“The important thing is the visibility, the identification that you are the authority figure,” says Frank Dimaria, Chicago Police Officer and second vice president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.

Each one is in survival mode, terrified of the next attack, hoping the next bite goes to a classmate and not them. If they don’t have the commitment for the job, they won’t make it to graduation, he said.

They started by filling out applications and taking a test alongside a couple thousand other police hopefuls. Each step whittled the numbers a little more until 26 men and four women were hired to fill Class 6-09, the sixth academy class of 2009.The police force is usually a public sector service, meaning they are paid through taxes.Alternative names for police force include constabulary, gendarmerie, police department, police service, crime prevention, protective services, law enforcement agency, civil guard or civic guard.This article is about law enforcement organizations. Law enforcement, however, constitutes only part of policing activity.For officers of such organizations, see Police officer. Many police forces suffer from police corruption to a greater or lesser degree.By Bernadette Doran In an experiment to test citizen behavior, a male researcher randomly approached pedestrians and gave them one of three orders: to pick up a paper bag littering the sidewalk, to give a dime to another passerby, or to step back from a bus stop.

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