Race, Community Characteristics and Attitudes Toward the Police

David B. Taylor, Niagara University
Timothy O. Ireland, Niagara University

This paper explores the attitudes toward the police across communities with different racial compositions (i.e., predominately African-American communities, predominately white communities, and racially heterogeneous communities). Specifically, the study examines if any race effects persist when controlling for community characteristics. Mail survey data are drawn from a random sample of respondents based upon the racial makeup of geographic areas as defined through U.S. Census blocks. Data analysis employs both bivariate and multivariate analysis to identify any systematic differences across and within groups. Results can guide local law enforcement iun targeting improvements in their police community relations program.

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