Despite legal limits on police jurisdiction, many
retain their views of the police as authority figures to
can turn for aid. The public often seeks police assistance
settle family quarrels, counsel juveniles, and mediate
disputes. Citizens regularly consult police for directions
hotels and residences--an invaluable service in cities
streets are often unnamed and buildings are numbered in
in which they have been built rather than consecutively.
encouraged by their superiors to view these tasks as
public's demands for service and as inspiring community
in the police. Public attitudes toward the police are
favorable, although a series of incidents of forced
the late 1980s raised some concern about police treatment
suspects held for pretrial detention.
Data as of January 1994