National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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Patterns of Behavior in Police and Citizen Transactions: Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC, 1966 (ICPSR 9086) RSS

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Summary:

These data have been influential in the development of theories of police behavior. Variables in the collection supply information on the nature and context of encounters between citizens and the police. Data are included on the characteristics and roles of individuals involved in an encounter, relationships among the participants in the encounter, individuals' definitions of the situation after the arrival of police, specific police actions and manner of police behavior during the encounter, and informal characterizations by police of participants involved in the encounter. In cases where offender suspects were involved, information was collected on restraints employed, searches, interrogations, confessions, advisement of rights, booking, and other arrest processes.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS1:  General Data: Observers' Summary of Recorded Encounters - Download All Files (8 MB)
DS2:  Police Initiated Encounter Data - Download All Files (17.7 MB)
DS3:  Citizen Initiated Contact with Police in Field Area - Download All Files (3.2 MB)
DS4:  Police Dispatch Record - Download All Files (2.2 MB)
DS5:  Service Called-Initiated Encounter - Download All Files (51.3 MB)

Study Description

Citation

Reiss, Albert J. Jr. Patterns of Behavior in Police and Citizen Transactions: Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC, 1966. ICPSR09086-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09086.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (OLEA-006)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arrest procedures, citizen attitudes, police citizen interactions, police effectiveness, police performance, police response

Geographic Coverage:   Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1966

Date of Collection:  

  • 1966

Universe:   All encounters between citizens and police in major metropolitan areas of the United States.

Data Types:   event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

Codebooks are available for Part 2 and Part 5 only. Parts 1, 3, and 4 are only documented by SAS and SPSS data definition statements.

These data are part of a larger study entitled "Field Surveys III: Studies in Crime and Law Enforcement in Major Metropolitan Areas."

ICPSR distributes two related data collections: SURVEY OF VICTIMIZATION AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN BOSTON AND CHICAGO, 1966 (ICPSR 9085) and ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN BOSTON, CHICAGO, AND WASHINGTON, DC, 1966 (ICPSR 9087).

Methodology

Sample:   Three sample cities (Chicago, Boston, and Washington, DC) were purposively selected to represent differences in the size, location, degree of control, and type of organization in police departments. Within each city, two police precincts (four in Washington) with high crime rates were selected to represent areas with different race and class compositions. The selected sites were: (1) Boston, MA: precincts Dorchester and Roxbury, (2) Chicago, IL: precincts Fillmore and Town Hall, and (3) Washington, DC: precincts #6, 10, 13, and 14. Stratified probability samples of police tours of duty were drawn. Evening and weekend shifts were overrepresented to maximize the number of encounters observed.

Data Source:

field observation and official records

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 2000-08-01 SAS and SPSS data definition statements and PDF versions of the codebooks have been added to this collection.

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