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NCJ Number: NCJ 242938     Find in a Library
Title: Requests for Police Assistance, 2011
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Author(s): Matthew Durose ; Lynn Langton Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 09/2013
Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report provides information on the number of persons who requested police assistance in fiscal year 2011.
Abstract: This report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), presents information on the number of persons who requested police assistance in fiscal year (FY) 2011. Highlights of the findings include the following: an estimated 1 in 8 U.S. residents age 16 or older, or 31.4 million persons, requested assistance from police at least once, primarily to report a crime, suspicious activity, or neighborhood disturbance; the majority of persons who requested police assistance felt the officers acted properly (93 percent) and were helpful (86 percent), while about 85 percent of persons who requested police assistance were satisfied with the police response; and no statistical differences were found between the percentage of Hispanics (86 percent), Blacks (85 percent), and Whites (83 percent) who reported a crime or neighborhood disturbance and felt the police were helpful. The study also found that 93 percent of persons who requested police assistance felt the officers spent an appropriate amount of time with them during the contact, and the majority of persons who requested police assistance reported that they were just as likely or more likely to contact the police again for a similar problem. This report was compiled to examine the characteristics and experiences of persons who contacted law enforcement for assistance during FY 2011. Data for the report were obtained from BJS’s 2011 Police-Public Contact Survey, a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Tables, figure, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Index Term(s): Police community relations ; Crime Statistics ; Crime patterns ; Police crime-prevention ; Police-citizen interactions ; Reactions to crime ; Citizen reactions to crime ; Police-victim interaction ; Attempted crimes ; Crime ; Neighborhood
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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