Honors College | Session 1

Title

Crime Rates and their effect on Police Officers Perception of Crime

Presenter Information

Benjamin PalmerFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Criminal Justice

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Dr. Katy Hancock

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Crime rates have an impact on a variety of things, yet only a minimal amount of research has been done on its impact on how police officers view crime. These officers see crime on a frequent first-hand basis, therefore they could provide valuable assistance with crime rate studies and ensuring their accuracy. As such, this research will examine a possible correlation between the reported crime rates and patrol officers’ perception of crime rates. Surveys will be sent to the Louisville Metro Police Department, Owensboro Police Department, and Paducah Police Department patrol shifts. The survey will include a Likert scale, to measure police perception of crime. The survey will also include demographic questions to help serve as control variables. The crime data from 2016 to 2018 will be collected and used to determine the actual crime trends for the study sites. This information will then be compared to the answers given by the officers to see if there is any correlation between the two sets of data.

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Crime Rates and their effect on Police Officers Perception of Crime

Crime rates have an impact on a variety of things, yet only a minimal amount of research has been done on its impact on how police officers view crime. These officers see crime on a frequent first-hand basis, therefore they could provide valuable assistance with crime rate studies and ensuring their accuracy. As such, this research will examine a possible correlation between the reported crime rates and patrol officers’ perception of crime rates. Surveys will be sent to the Louisville Metro Police Department, Owensboro Police Department, and Paducah Police Department patrol shifts. The survey will include a Likert scale, to measure police perception of crime. The survey will also include demographic questions to help serve as control variables. The crime data from 2016 to 2018 will be collected and used to determine the actual crime trends for the study sites. This information will then be compared to the answers given by the officers to see if there is any correlation between the two sets of data.