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NCJ Number: 222605 Find in a Library
Title: Police-Community Relations in Cincinnati: Year Two Evaluation Report
Author(s): Greg Ridgeway; Terry Schell; K. Jack Riley; Susan Turner; Travis L. Dixon
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 204
Sponsoring Agency: Cincinnati City Manager's Office
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This second annual report of an evaluation of whether an agreement on police-community relations in Cincinnati (Ohio) is achieving its goals focuses on statistical compilations that detail arrest and citation activity, use of force, calls for service, crime patterns, vehicle stops, police work satisfaction, and citizen and officer satisfaction with the complaint process.
Abstract: The patterns of calls for service, reported crime, arrests, and police use of force were geographically clustered in the city. Neighborhoods with high crime rates were more likely to have a high volume of calls for service and police use-of-force incidents. The analysis of vehicle stops and officer-motorist interactions shows that Blacks experience longer stops than non-Black motorists; however, the evaluation concludes that the difference in stop duration cannot be attributed to the racial profiling of Black drivers, since non-Black drivers in similar situations are detained for the same length of time. Stops of Black drivers were, on average, longer when the officer was non-Black. Although this finding is not evidence of racial profiling, this police behavior is likely to lead to perceptions of racially biased policing by the community. There were substantial improvements in the data quality compared to the first year of the evaluation. Results from the survey of police officers show a series of major stresses, including the officers' perception that Blacks complained and the media reported unfairly about racial profiling and police abuse of authority; however, the majority of officers who responded to the survey believe that community input is essential to problem solving. Still, only half of the responding officers expect citizen cooperation in public-safety problem solving. The survey findings suggest that solutions will come from improving relations with both the community and with police managers. 7 figures and 48 tables
Main Term(s): Police community relations programs
Index Term(s): Ohio; Police work attitudes; Police-citizen interactions; Public Opinion of the Police; Racial discrimination; Vehicle searches; Vehicle stops
Note: Downloaded May 7, 2008; for related documents in this series, see NCJ-222603 and NCJ-222606.
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