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NCJ Number: 249298 Find in a Library
Title: National Data on Citizen Complaints About Police Use of Force: Data Quality Concerns and the Potential (Mis)Use of Statistical Evidence To Address Police Agency Conduct
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:Online First  Dated:2015
Author(s): Matthew J. Hickman; Jane E. Poore
Date Published: July 2015
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-R2-CX-0035
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed the validity and reliability of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) national data on citizen complaints about police use of force that were collected in 2003 and 2007, which is a critical component of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) response to 42 USC 14142, which requires the Attorney General to “acquire data about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.”
Abstract: The BJS data have the potential to help support democratic policing, provide baseline data on use of force for comparative statistical reporting and research purposes, and enable strong local checks on police abuses, provided their validity and reliability can be demonstrated. Findings from the current study indicate that the BJS data suffer from serious measurement flaws, do not provide a valid and reliable basis for comparative statistical reporting and research purposes, and should not be relied on for purposes of litigation. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police use of deadly force
Index Term(s): Complaints against police; Data collections; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police statistics; Statistical Accuracy
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