BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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How many persons had contact with police in 2018?

In 2018, about 61.5 million U.S. residents age 16 or older had one or more contacts with police during the prior 12 months. An estimated 28.9 million residents experienced contact initiated by police, about 35.5 million initiated contact with police, and nearly 9 million reported a police contact as the result of a traffic accident. About 18.7 million persons reported being pulled over as a driver during a traffic stop, compared to about 19.1 million persons reporting a crime, disturbance, or suspicious activity to police.

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