Citizenship and Being a Citizen: Legal Stipulations and Subjective Perspective of Police Officers
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This paper presents analysis of the legal documents regarding interpretation of citizenship regarding activities of a police officer, and presents some data from an empiric study carried out in 2019. The purposes of the empiric study was to examine to which degree police officers and future police officers conceptualise themselves as citizens, and to which extent they participate in citizen’s entitlements and their manifestations. The analysis of the legal documents revealed that there are no direct and straightforward stipulations on the interpretations and the manifestations of citizenship, while a police officer and his/her activities are at the focus. Legal documents directly related to requirements for activities and behaviour of a contemporary police officer do not use the term itself. However, a number of requirements and expectations, that may be related to the term ‘citizenship’ are listed both at the level of acts, and other documents. The empiric study, based on quantitative research strategy revealed several issues for concern. Though just a part of data is presented. However, it is worth noting that for the clarification of the reasons and motives for some answers, further studies are needed. Interviews, focus groups may provide more in-depth insights into some aspects.
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