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NCJ Number: 227908 Find in a Library
Title: Comparing the Police and Citizen Views on Biased Policing
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:June 2009  Pages:123-140
Author(s): Ralph Ioimo; J. Bret Becton; Leslie M. Meadows; Rachel S. Tears; Michael T. Charles
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Results are presented from a survey of police officers and citizens views and perceptions on bias-based policing.
Abstract: Survey findings show that African-American and White citizens, as well as African-American and White police officers had differing views on bias-based policing issues. In addition, both the African-American and the White police officers believed it was possible to find workable solutions to address bias-based policing practices as did the White and African-American citizens. These findings suggest that opening a dialogue between the two groups could lead to a better understanding of each group's concern, and thereby improving police-community relations. Bias-based policing is an issue that police departments all over the country continue to address. This study sought to add to the existing body of literature on bias-based policing and assessed bias-based policing beyond traffic stop data and surveyed the officers and the citizens to compare the views of both groups. It examined whether officers and citizens differed in their perceptions of bias-based policing practices occurring in their jurisdiction or other jurisdictions. Researchers visited seven Virginia police departments and the communities they serve. Police and citizen focus group meetings were held at each community as well as meetings with the police officers at each of the seven agencies. References
Main Term(s): Racial discrimination
Index Term(s): Perception; Police community relations; Police-citizen interactions; Police-minority relations; Public Opinion of the Police
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