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352. U.S. Population Who Had Face-to-Face Contact With Police, by Sex, Race, Ethnicity, and Reason for Contact: 1996

[Persons having multiple contacts or more than one reason for any single contact appear in table more than once; therefore, may not add to total. Covers persons 12 years old and over Based on the Police-Public Contact Survey of 6,421 persons; data subect to sampling variability. See summary below table]

 
Number having contact (1,000) Number having contact (1,000) Percent having contact Percent having contact
Reason for Sex Race Sex Race
contact Total Hispanic/1 Other Total Hispanic/1 Other
(1,000) Male Female White Black (1,000) Male Female White Black
 
    Population total........................................................................ 215,529 104,205 111,324 163,883 25,394 17,159 9,094 (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X)
 
For any reason........................................................................ 44,556 23,399 21,158 36,262 3,964 2,593 1,738 20.7 22.5 19.0 22.1 15.6 15.1 19.1
I reported a crime........................................................................ 12,722 6,351 6,371 10,640 1,049 634 399 5.9 6.1 5.7 6.5 4.1 3.7 4.4
I asked police for help........................................................................ 10,087 4,735 5,352 8,393 744 500 450 4.7 4.5 4.8 5.1 2.9 2.9 4.9
I reported a problem........................................................................ 7,892 4,194 3,698 6,449 508 557 378 3.7 4.0 3.3 3.9 2.0 3.2 4.2
Police ticketed me........................................................................ 10,947 6,337 4,610 8,988 815 865 278 5.1 6.1 4.1 5.5 3.2 5.0 3.1
I was in a traffic accident........................................................................ 5,454 2,677 2,777 4,501 501 241 210 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.7 2.0 1.4 2.3
I witnessed an accident........................................................................ 2,326 1,076 1,250 2,007 151 102 65 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.2 0.6 0.6 0.7
 
I was the victim of a crime........................................................................ 6,755 3,108 3,646 5,753 343 360 299 3.1 3.0 3.3 3.5 1.4 2.1 3.3
I witnessed a crime........................................................................ 3,467 1,934 1,532 2,776 419 179 93 1.6 1.9 1.4 1.7 1.6 1.0 1.0
Police suspected me of a crime........................................................................ 2,611 1,362 1,249 1,945 197 326 143 1.2 1.3 1.1 1.2 0.8 1.9 1.6
Police asked why I was there........................................................................ 2,690 1,578 1,112 2,070 361 84 175 1.2 1.5 1.0 1.3 1.4 0.5 1.9
Police had a warrant for my arrest........................................................................ 492 195 297 378 84 30 (NA) 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 (NA)
I had a casual encounter........................................................................ 8,042 4,104 3,938 6,901 640 327 174 3.7 3.9 3.5 4.2 2.5 1.9 1.9
I attended a community meeting........................................................................ 2,437 1,201 1,236 1,986 285 32 134 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 0.2 1.5
Some other reason........................................................................ 14,066 7,342 6,723 11,760 1,075 724 506 6.5 7.0 6.0 3.9 2.0 3.2 4.2


NA Not available.
1 Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Police Use of Force, National Collection of Data, NCJ-165040, November 1997, revised January 5, 1998.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/lawenf.htm

* This publication represents the second annual report to the Congress as required by Section 210402 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which mandates the acquisition of data by the Attorney General on the "use of excessive force by law enforcement officers." The findings reported are the result of the joint efforts of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to undertake the data collection and research activities outlined in the initial report.

To learn more about the use of force requires an understanding of the reasons for and the results of police-citizen encounters. During 1996, BJS carried out a special survey of 6,421 residents age 12 or older entitled the Police-Public Contact Survey. The survey was designed to obtain information to help guide future development of a final questionnaire on this topic. The pilot survey was not intended as a source of detailed or precise statistics on the topic of police use of force. However, its results do provide preliminary estimates of the prevalence of citizen contacts with the police, including contacts in which police use force.

One of the most significant developments from fielding the Police-Public Contact Survey is that we are now able to estimate, for the first time, the prevalence of all kinds of encounters between the police and members of the public, favorable as well as unfavorable. *



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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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