Should Police Officers Be Use Racial Profiling?

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Should police officers be able to use racial profiling?

While studying Criminology I have gained insight on different techniques used to determine which individuals commit the most crimes. There are three basic methods to measure criminal behavior. These include: Uniform Reporting of Crime, Self- Report and National Crime Victimization Survey. Uniform Reporting of Crime (URC) is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 voluntarily individuals reporting data on crimes (“Federal Bureau of Investigation”1). Self-report surveys measure crime by distributing questionnaires to a sample of people, asking if they have committed any crimes during a period of time. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is a national source that samples about 90,000 households in order to uncover unreported crime and describes the relationship between the victims and the offender (“Bureau of Justice Statistics” 1).

The results
The URC illustrates the racial minorities are more likely to be arrested compared to whites. African Americans represent 38% of inmates in federal prisons and 55% of those in state prison systems. Hispanics represent 28 % and 17 % of federal and state correctional populations, respectively (U.S. Department of Justice, 1999). The NCVS illustrates that African Americans account for 52 % of all personal victimizations, including 49% percent of all violent crimes. Additionally, Hispanics account for nearly 49% of all victimizations, including 43% of…
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