Disrespect’ by Cops Reduces Civilian Reporting of Crime: Study

Individuals who are stopped and questioned by police are less likely to report crimes, according to a study published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

“Willingness to report crime is …one of several mechanisms that enable the mobilization of law as an immediate antecedent of citizen behavior, and is the lifeblood of police work,” said the study.

Significantly, individuals who perceived the police as legitimate and effective were 37 percent more likely to report crimes.

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This summary was prepared by TCR staff reporter Megan Hadley.

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