Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Using Literature to Understanding Children's Perceptions of Police Officers

Cindy Hendricks, James E. Hendricks.

Because children generally do not have direct contact with police officers, opinions about what police officers do are formed through vicarious experiences such as those that occur while reading books. These experiences may either positively or negatively influence children’s image of the roles and responsibilities of a police officer. Thus, it is important for to have a clear understanding of what children are learning about law enforcement officers. Because today’s contemporary children’s books tend to reflect society and its problems, young children should have access to books that accurately portray the roles and responsibilities of police officers. Few resources exist which identify recently published children’s books that focus on police officers and policing and which evaluate the portrayal of policing and police officers.


Cindy Hendricks  (United States)
Professor of Education
Division of Teaching and Learning College of Education and Human Development
Bowling Green State University

I received my undergraduate degree in secondary education and my Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. I am currently the Coordinator of the Adolescent/Young Adult Education Program and Co-Coordinator of Graduate Reading Programs at Bowling Green State University.

James E. Hendricks  (United States)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Children's Literature
  • Policing

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)