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NCJ Number: NCJ 215243     Find in a Library
Title: Contacts Between Police and the Public, 2005
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Author(s): Matthew R Durose ; Erica L Smith ; Patrick A Langan Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2007
Page Count: 14
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report presents data on the nature and characteristics of contacts between residents of the U.S. and the police over a 12-month period.
Abstract: Findings are provided from a nationally representative survey of more than 60,000 residents age 16 or older. Detailed information is presented on face-to-face contacts with the police, including the reason for and outcome of the contact, resident opinion on police behavior during the contact, and whether police used or threatened to use force during the contact. The report provides demographic characteristics of residents involved in traffic stops and use-of-force incidents. The report also provides comparative analysis with prior survey findings. Highlights include the following: An estimated 19 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older had a face-to-face contact with a police officer in 2005, a decrease from 21 percent of residents who had contact with police in 2002; overall, about 9 out of 10 persons who had contact with police in 2005 felt police acted properly; of the 43.5 million persons who had contact with police in 2005, an estimated 1.6 percent had force used or threatened against them during their most recent contact, a rate relatively unchanged from 2002 (1.5 percent).
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Police community relations ; Lawful use of force ; Public Opinion of the Police ; Vehicle stops
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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