As Hanson, Venturelli and Fleckenstein note, enforcement of prohibition in some parts of the U.S. was relatively strict (222).
Changing the Perception: Steps Which May Have Been Taken
Given the negative perception the general public had of law enforcement officers during the prohibition period, there was an existing need to undertake deliberate measures aimed at changing such a perception. In my opinion, such measures had a direct impact on winning public cooperation and compliance. As Miller, Hess and Orthmann note, the behavior of law enforcement officers "has a direct impact on their image" (42). In the opinion of the authors, the acceptance of gratuities is one of the behaviors that could impact negatively on police image. Some of the approaches that were undertaken to restore police image in our case was the express dismissal of officers who were found to be corrupt. Indeed, according to Hanson, Venturelli and Fleckenstein, "law...
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