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