EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS: DOES DIVERSITY IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITIES AFFECT ARREST RATES?

Conference Paper

We provide use the representativeness perspective to understand how racial/ethnic diversity within an organization and in its surrounding community can affect treatment of community members. Combining databases on communities, crime rates and police demographics, we show that the proportion of African-American residents arrested was the lowest when racially diverse police forces were located in diverse communities. When only the police force or community was diverse arrest rates were lower than when neither organization or community was diverse. Implications for policy decisions are discussed in light of how the diversity may eventually inspire better relationships between police and community.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Spell, CS; Bezrukova, K; Mukherjee, S; Baveja, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

  • 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management, Aom 2021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5465/AMBPP.2021.143

Citation Source

  • Scopus