Spring Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry

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Publication Date

Spring 2019


The object of this research is to analyze the frequency of being stopped by police in a public area. This paper explores the potential relationship between being stopped by law enforcement and the demographics of race, sex, and income. Participants of the study were respondents to the 2015 Police-Public Contact Survey which asked varying questions regarding interactions with law enforcement within the past twelve (12) months. Variables were recoded into dummy variables and tested through descriptive, bivariate, and multivariate statistics. Results found that only sex was statistically significant in impacting likelihood of being stopped my police in a public area.


Faculty Adviser: Dr. Virginia Beard

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