Empathy from a police work perspective
2015 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 16, no 1, 60-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this paper is to identify an appropriate conceptual model of empathy from the perspective of police work. This paper draws on the existing literature from two areas of research: (a) the literature describing the characteristics of the ideal police officer from a general perspective, as well as in a specifically Swedish context and (b) the literature analysing empathy as a theoretical construct. It is found that theoretical interdisciplinary approaches in the fields of social psychology and social cognitive neuroscience are relevant. The suggested conceptual model of empathy appropriate for the policing profession incorporates the typically antagonistic nature of police?citizen contacts, personal traits as expressed in interpersonal relations, and the social and cultural context. Because of the diversity and multicultural nature of modern societies, the values guiding police?citizen encounters are given special attention and related to the empathy research tradition. The proposed conceptual model of empathy aims at guiding future research in police?citizen interaction and, ultimately, supporting police practices regarding recruitment, career advancement and fieldwork.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 16, no 1, 60-75 p.
empathy, police, policing, recruitment criteria, perspective taking, interdisciplinary approaches, police research, social psychology, social cognitive neuroscience
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111039DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2014.987518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-111039DiVA: diva2:866301