2024 - Spring Scholars Week

Police Attitudes on the Homeless Population

Presenter Information

Luna GamblinFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Criminal Justice

Minor

Tohono O’odham Studies

2nd Student Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

2nd Student Major

Criminal Justice

2nd Student Minor

Psychology; Legal Studies

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Katy Hancock

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Through our survey, we intend to research the opinions and attitudes of American law enforcement officers on the homeless population.

Popular media perception often depicts and insists upon police bias against persons experiencing homelessness. Homeless individuals tend to be members of other marginalized groups such as sexual and gender minorities (SGM), the intellectually disabled, and the mentally ill significantly more than the average population. The homeless population also tends to have lower levels of confidence in police response, have lower opinions of police, and are less likely to contact police in emergency situations.

This is problematic due to the nature of law enforcement’s involvement in the American homelessness crisis. Due to the prevalence of these issues in American society, we intend to measure bias in these situations to allow for future correction.

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Criminal Justice Student Research Panel

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Police Attitudes on the Homeless Population

Through our survey, we intend to research the opinions and attitudes of American law enforcement officers on the homeless population.

Popular media perception often depicts and insists upon police bias against persons experiencing homelessness. Homeless individuals tend to be members of other marginalized groups such as sexual and gender minorities (SGM), the intellectually disabled, and the mentally ill significantly more than the average population. The homeless population also tends to have lower levels of confidence in police response, have lower opinions of police, and are less likely to contact police in emergency situations.

This is problematic due to the nature of law enforcement’s involvement in the American homelessness crisis. Due to the prevalence of these issues in American society, we intend to measure bias in these situations to allow for future correction.