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NCJ Number: 218101 Find in a Library
Title: Controlling Suburban and Small-Town Hoods: An Examination of Police Encounters with Juveniles
Journal: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:April 2007  Pages:107-124
Author(s): John Liederbach
Date Published: April 2007
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provided a systematic description of police-juvenile encounters in small towns and suburban jurisdictions.
Abstract: Results of this study provide several points of discussion. First, police-juvenile encounters in nonurban jurisdictions appeared to be similar in some respects to those that occurred in urbanized central cities, particularly in terms of the types of offenses that officers typically confronted with juveniles. Encounters with nonurban juveniles almost always involved offenses that were of low seriousness and nonviolent. Traffic-related offenses were found to be the most commonly confronted problem in police-juvenile encounters. In addition to the prevalence of traffic-related encounters, evidence suggests that encounters between police and juveniles in nonurban places may be less problematic and “tension filled” than those described in previous research. Research currently lacks systematic observational data concerning street-level interactions between police and juveniles in nonurban jurisdictions. Using systematic social observation (SSO) methods, this study examined the nature and character of police encounters with juveniles age 13 to 17 years in 20 suburban and small-town jurisdictions, such as the types of problems encountered by nonurban officers with juveniles, the actions taken by officers to resolve these problems, and the discretionary decisionmaking of officers in arrest situations involving juveniles. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Police juvenile relations
Index Term(s): County police; Demographic analysis of crime; Juvenile attitudes toward authority; Police juvenile relations training; Police-offender relations; Rural area studies; Rural crime; Rural policing; Rural urban comparisons; Suburban area studies
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