CANADIAN ETHNIC STUDIES/TUDES ETHNIQUES AU CANADA

Table 1

Means and Standard Deviations for the Items

Measuring Attitudes toward the Police

 

Statements††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mean††††††† SD

 

Police Powers of Search, Arrest, and Questioning

 

 

01.   Police never stop individuals and question them without†††††††††††††††† reason

 

3.49

 

0.97

02.   Police will not stop individuals for questioning merely based on factors such as appearance & racial background

 

3.29

 

1.10

03.   The police will only use lawful means to combat crime

3.64

0.95

Police Use of Force

 

 

04.   The police are more likely to use excessive physical force against visible minorities than Whites

2.83

0.98

05.   The police are more likely to use deadly force against visible minorities than Whites

3.02

0.96

06.   The use of firearms by the police should be more tightly controlled

2.42

0.97

Police Treatment of Visible Minorities

 

 

07.   The police do not make any distinction in manner and style they use in policing the Chinese community and other white communities

 

 

3.08

 

 

1.00

08.   Visible minority victims are more likely to receive law enforcement help than are white victims

 

2.56

 

0.86

09.   Chinese residents are less frequently accosted and questioned by police than Whites

 

2.79

 

0.85

10.   Police do not engage in unfair treatment to the Chinese

2.92

1.00

Police Services

 

 

11.   Police always respond promptly when called

3.17

0.98

12.   The police are doing enough to prevent crime

2.46

0.88

13.   Police maintain close contact with the Chinese community as a whole

 

3.03

 

0.90

14.   Overall the police provide satisfactory services

3.27

0.93