Racial Threat, Small Town Policing and Latinos Plus


Priscilla Perez

Faculty Mentor(s)

Charles Reasons (Law & Justice)


Racial Threat, Small Town Policing and Latinos Plus
The literature on the Racial Threat Hypothesis has been growing. This theory asserts that as the number and proportion of racial minorities grows in a city, higher levels of social control are imposed by the dominant race. Most of the research behind this theory has been in larger urban areas. This paper will present a summary of existent research and suggest that it may also apply to the small towns studied. A sample of small towns in Washington state with less than 10 police officers were analyzed using longitudinal data for a time period of 2000-2018. This data includes population and proportion changes of Latinos and crime data for this period. This will be discussed in terms of the applicability of the small towns, Racial Threat Hypothesis, and Latinos.

Keywords: Racial Threat, Policing, Latinos, Small Town Policing


4 thoughts on “Racial Threat, Small Town Policing and Latinos Plus”

  1. Very interesting information. I would think that police-community relations have improved compared to urban areas.

  2. Christine Henderson

    Hello Priscilla, I enjoyed watching your presentation. I thought your sampling areas were perfect, and your presentation was nicely formed and laid out. Your presentation was well done. Great work, Priscilla. It would have been great for you to include a slide about you. Your research is timely and vital. Did you complete the hypothesis testing, and were you able to highlight any other important information from your Zoom interviews with the police chiefs? What was the number one takeaway from your research? I think your idea of focus groups would be great, talk with your faculty mentor and see if you can make that happen. Again, excellent, timely, meaningful, and great presentation.

  3. I believe this is a topic that needs more research. The researcher would have to select a certain area to be examined, possibly not a general statement/hypotheses making the claim. I would suggest you could possibly select 4 areas in the country/US and go from there. This would be interesting to see if the hypotheses actually exists.

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