BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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What types of police contact were included?

The types of contact in the PPCS include those initiated by residents, initiated by police, and result from a traffic accident. Resident-initiated contacts include reporting a crime, disturbance, or suspicious activity; reporting a noncrime emergency, such as a medical emergency; participating in a block watch or other anti-crime programs; or approaching or seeking help from police for another reason. Police-initiated contacts include being stopped by police while in a public place or a parked vehicle (i.e., street stop), being stopped by police while driving a motor vehicle (i.e., traffic stop), riding as a passenger in a car that was stopped by police, being arrested, or being stopped or approached by police for some other reason. The PPCS also collected data on contacts resulting from a traffic accident.

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