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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Media Reports of Police Opinions

Media Reports of Police Opinions

I am a student at University Centre Peterborough and I wanted to ask a question regarding the validity of research discussed by the media. I looked into an article that discussed police opinions with regards to being armed on duty and it seems the article published by the BBC is misrepresenting information.

According to an article on a 2006 survey of 47,328 police federation members found that 82% did not want officers to be routinely armed on duty. However, upon further investigation I found the information was not a yes or no question but a multiple choice response. I am wondering where the 82% came from, as this is the information I found on - POLICE FEDERATION OF ENGLAND AND WALES SURVEY OF MEMBERS 2006 – TOP-LINE REPORT.

Year 1 Student – Crime & Investigative Studies
University Centre Peterborough
Supervisor: A. Smith; B.A. (Hons) Criminology Course Leader

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