This data collection investigates the nature of law
enforcement by recording police behavior in problematic situations,
primarily disturbances and traffic stops. The data collection contains
two files. The first consists of information on disturbance
encounters. Disturbance variables include type of disturbance, manner
of investigation, designation of police response, several situational
variables such as type of setting, number of victims, bystanders,
suspects, and witnesses, demeanor of participants toward the police,
type of police response, and demeanor of police toward
participants. The second file contains data on traffic offenses. The
variables include manner of investigation, incident code, officers'
description of the incident, condition of the vehicle stopped, police
contact with the passengers of the vehicle, demeanor of passengers
toward the police, demeanor of police toward the passengers, and
resolution of the situation. The data were collected based on field
observation, using an instrument for recording observations.