This study focuses on an aspect of police and community relations in a metropolitan area. This includes an exploration of how demographic characteristics of a community correlates with the number of community complaints made against police officers. Three Cleveland police districts were chosen on the basis of representing high, low, and expected values of complaints filed at two separate complaint agencies. A social indicators research approach was used in analyzing a set of independent demographic variables that were chosen based on findings from past research and relevant theoretical explanations. Results indicated that there were relationships between the rate of community complaints fromspecific districts and certain demographic characteristics of that district. Suggestions for future research include the use of quantitative statistical analysis as a more precise means of determining correlations between complaints and demographics, as well as further qualitative analysis probing the inter-structures of the cultures represented in each district


Blair, Robert


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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