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NCJ Number: 222606 Find in a Library
Title: Police-Community Relations in Cincinnati: Year Three Evaluation Report
Author(s): Terry Schell; Greg Ridgeway; Travis L. Dixon; Susan Turner; K. Jack Riley
Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 107
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 third annual report in evaluating whether an agreement on police-community relations in Cincinnati (Ohio) is achieving its goals focuses on statistical compilations, motor-vehicle stops, and videotaped citizen-police interactions during vehicle stops.
Abstract: Data availability and quality have improved over the 3 years of the evaluation. Remaining data issues are largely due to equipment limits or relatively infrequent human errors. The evaluation did not find evidence of departmentwide racial bias in officer decisions to stop certain vehicles in 2006. Similarly, data from the entire evaluation period (the first-year report included data from 2003) did not show departmentwide bias in decisions to stop vehicles. The report recommends identifying and giving attention to officers whose vehicle-stopping patterns in relation to a driver's race depart from the departmentwide norm. A comparison of all stops of Black and non-Black drivers shows that the stops of Black drivers take longer on average, and Black drivers are subject to searches at a higher rate; however, much of the differences are apparently due to the location and time of the stop, the type of stop, whether the driver was a Cincinnati resident, and whether the driver had a valid driver's license. Videotaped police-motorist interactions showed that White officers were more likely than Black officers to use proactive police tactics during vehicle stops, and communication with White drivers was more apologetic and less argumentative than with Black drivers. These results from year 3 of the evaluation are largely consistent with the year-one and year-two evaluation findings. The evaluation has used a variety of methods, including a survey of citizen satisfaction with the police, a survey of citizens who have interacted with the police, and a survey of police officers about their perceptions of community support and working conditions. 5 figures and 30 tables
Main Term(s): Police community relations programs
Index Term(s): Ohio; Police effectiveness; Public Opinion of the Police; Racial discrimination; Vehicle searches; Vehicle stops
Note: Downloaded May 7, 2008; for other documents in this series, see NCJ-222605 and NCJ-222603.
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