Life in Hampton Roads 2022 - Experiences and Attitudes Towards the Police and Reactions to Crime
For the past few years, the Life in Hampton Roads survey has included two items measuring negative experiences with the police:
1. In the past year, have you or someone close to you had a negative experience with police (e.g., the officer shouted at you, cursed at you, pushed or grabbed you)?
2. In the past year, have you heard of someone in your local community who had a negative experience with police (e.g., the officer shouted at them, cursed at them, pushed or grabbed them)?
We note that both items refer to relatively serious negative experiences and are not issues related to standard daily encounters with the police (e.g., a brief conversation about directions or a traffic stop). Response categories were simply “yes” and “no.” This year about 19% of the respondents reported that they (or someone close to them) had had a negative experience with the police, up slightly from 17% reported last year and down one percentage point from the year before. All in all, these minor differences are not statistically different and are likely due to sampling variation.
Social Science Research Center, Old Dominion University, "Life in Hampton Roads Survey Press Release #5: Experiences and Attitudes Towards the Police and Reactions to Crime" (2022). Life in Hampton Roads Survey Report. 62.
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