Samantha Clinkinbeard’s Latest Study to be Published in Justice Quarterly
Samantha Clinkinbeard, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ), has received word that her research paper entitled “Not ‘That Kind of Cop’: Exploring how Officers Adapt Approaches, Attitudes, and Self-Concepts in School Settings” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming edition of Justice Quarterly. Clinkinbeard co-authored this study with former student Trisha Rhodes, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Rhodes earned her masters and doctoral degrees from UNOs SCCJ.
Their study examined how school resource officers (SROs) view and respond to their work in schools through interviews and observations of 20 participants in four states. Findings revealed participants adopted policing strategies that facilitated communication and rapport. They generally viewed citizens positively and felt being an SRO made their work meaningful. Participants further described identities at odds with authoritarian stereotypes. Findings lend support to the notion that attitudes and self-concept are dynamic and suggest positive changes in attitudes and identity are related to the ways officers approach their work. Such changes show promise for realizing the community policing goals of many SRO programs.
Justice Quarterly is a leading academic journal in the field of criminology and criminal justice. It was established in 1982 and is published by Routledge. Justice Quarterly is the official journal of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ASC).
Story published October 2018