Racial Profiling and Organizational Change

Marielle Schultz, Wichita State University
Brian L. Withrow, Whichita State University

The purpose of this research is to determine whether police organizations that conduct race-based policing studies dependent upon officer generated forms are affected operationally or as a result of the study's findings experience oganizational change. Using a specifically designed survey the researchers asked departments (N=33) about organizational changes resulting from race-based policing studies. In addition the researchers compared the primary productivity measures of each department during the data collection process is reactive. The researchers found that police organizations have yet to experience substantial organizational change as a result of findings of racial or ethnic disparity in their routine enforcement activities. Also, officer generated information does not appear to be reactive.

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