Date of Award

10-2000

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Program

Criminal Justice Administration

Department

School of Graduate Studies

Abstract

Trust is an emotion developed over time. Trust is an inner belief, or confidence, that a person, entity, object, or circumstance will act in accordance with one's personal, pre-determined expectations. In communication, we all have an inherent trust that our intended message will be perceived as intended. When there is a misinterpretation, misunderstandmg occurs and communication breakdown results, trust is then lost to a certain degree. Law enforcement is a complex element of our society; there is a necessity for continual clarification of contemporary issues to avoid miscommunication. Law enforcement is a high profile public entity. By it's very nature it is open to public scrutiny, various perspectives, and 'entitled opinions' in regard to it. There is a tremendous amount of 'trust' associated with the concept of law enforcement in our society. Fortunately, we as a society posses many various avenues of communication. If one method of communication is misinterpreted, we possess the ability to either re-word the message or project the communication in a divergent form, insuring the intended meaning is conveyed. Addressing any misconceptions with a new method of communication, and developing (or reestablishing) trust through that mechanism is what this archetype report is all

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