BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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How many persons had contact with police in 2015?

In 2015, about 53.5 million U.S. residents age 16 or older had one or more contacts with police during the prior 12 months. More than 27 million residents experienced a police-initiated, nearly 27 million also had a resident-initiated contact, and nearly 8 million reported a police contact as the result of a traffic accident. The most prevalent types of contact with police were for being pulled over as a driver during a traffic stop (19.2 million) and for reporting a crime, disturbance, or suspicious activity (16.9 million) to police.

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