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Are police jobs getting tougher?




Police recruits attend their graduation ceremony at LAPD Headquarters on July 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Police recruits attend their graduation ceremony at LAPD Headquarters on July 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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A new study by Pew Research Center has cast light on how police view their jobs.

And while policing has always been considered a tough career, officers are considering their positions to be even harder than before.

This comes in a post Ferguson era, when officer involved shootings of black citizens have brought more scrutiny to police. According to the study, officers said their jobs are riskier and they have more tension with people of color. Participants also said they’re more reluctant to to do their duties as officers.

To explain the details of the survey is it’s lead author, Kim Parker of the Pew Research Center. If you’re in law enforcement, do you feel like your job has gotten tougher? How has this affected the way you police? If you’re a civilian, how do you think this affects you?

Guest:

Kim Parker, director of social trends research at Pew Research Center and lead author on the Pew study, “Behind the Badge