chapter  5
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Attitudes of the Police toward Their Work

During my visits to köban and chüzaisho, there was ample time to talk with police officers about their attitudes toward their work, including how they became interested in their occupation and their perceptions of the future of police--community relations. Occasionally I made inquiries about discipline problems, weaknesses within the organization, and how family members feIt about their employment as police officers. For instance, the changing shift pattern of American police officers has been such an irritant for spouses that it is often cited as one of the causes of divorce. I was interested to know whether the Japanese police experience similar difficulties.