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17 J. Experimental Criminology 1 (2021)

handle is hein.journals/jexpcrm17 and id is 1 raw text is: Journal of Experimental Criminology (2021) 17:1-13
An experimental study of responses to armed police                     Check for
in Great Britain
Julia A. Yesberg'    - Ben Bradford' - Paul Dawson2
Published online: 9 January 2020
© The Author(s) 2020
Objectives This study tested whether the presence of a firearm changed the way people
reacted to police among a British sample.
Method In an online study, participants were shown images of armed and unarmed
police and rated them on a number of variables. Some participants were primed to think
about terrorism, and some participants were exposed to more armed police than others.
Results Participants had more negative responses to police when they were armed. We
found no effect of the terrorism prime on people's reactions to images of armed police
and no effect of exposure. Yet, unexpectedly, we found a negative effect of the
terrorism prime on trust and legitimacy.
Conclusions In a country where police have never before been routinely armed, this
research raises important questions about how armed police can retain the public's
support when they may no longer be considered 'prototypical representatives' of the
British people.
Keywords Armed police - British policing - Firearms - Perceptions ofpolice -Socialidentity
- Terrorism salience
Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-019-
09408-8) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
2   Julia A. Yesberg
Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, University College London, 35 Tavistock
Square, London WC1H 9EZ, UK
2  Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime, London, UK

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