BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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What is the most common reason for contact with the police?

More than half of the estimated 40 million residents who had contact with police in 2008 reported that their most recent contact that year was the result of a traffic stop or accident. The most common reason for police contact in 2008 was a person driving a vehicle that police stopped (44.1%). The second most common reason for contact with police was reporting a crime or problem (20.9%).


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