BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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What are the characteristics of persons who come into contact with the police for different reasons?

A higher percentage of males (13%) than females (10%) experienced police-initiated contacts in 2018.

Whites (26%) were more likely than blacks (21%), Hispanics (19%), or persons of other races (20%) to experience police contact.

There was no statistically significant difference in the percentage of whites (12%) and blacks (11%) who experienced police-initiated contact.

Hispanics (10%) were less likely than whites (12%) to experience police-initiated contact.

Whites (16%) were more likely than blacks (11%), Hispanics (10%), or other persons (11%) to initiate contact with police.

Among all age groups measured, persons ages 18 to 24 were most likely to have any contact with police (30%) and to experience police-initiated contact (19%).


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