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NCJ Number: 229509 Find in a Library
Title: Using a Vignette Research Design to Examine Traffic Stop Decision Making of Police Officers: A Research Note
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:20  Issue:4  Dated:December 2009  Pages:495-506
Author(s): Scott W. Phillips
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 12
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a vignette research design to examine police officers' traffic stop decisionmaking process.
Abstract: A variety of data collection methods have been used to examine an officer's decision to stop a vehicle. Most research examines poststop behavior, and no single method has been able to obtain all the relevant independent variables for a comprehensive examination of this behavior. This study uses vignettes describing a traffic stop incident. Driver characteristics, vehicle characteristics, and traffic violations are included as independent variables. Officers from three law enforcement agencies are provided two traffic stop vignettes. Officers indicate their likelihood of stopping a vehicle based on vignette information. Vehicle characteristics and traffic violations influence the likelihood of stopping a vehicle. Officers in smaller police agencies are significantly more likely to stop a vehicle than are Sheriff's deputies. Tables, appendix, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Police decisionmaking
Index Term(s): Police attitudes; Police training attitudes; Police-minority relations; Racial discrimination; Traffic law enforcement; Traffic law enforcement training; Training attitudes
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