Poster or Presentation Title

Racial Diversity of Virginia Sheriffs' Offices

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Criminology

Abstract

The United States is considered one of the most diverse nations in the world. However, in occupations such as local law enforcement, racial diversity is rather limited. When a disproportionate percentage exists between the racial demographics of police agencies and the communities they serve, it is likely that not all citizens are being represented equally and fairly. The objective of this study is to identify which recruitment, retention, and financial variables are most related to racial diversity within Virginia Sheriffs’ Offices. The research design for this project is cross-sectional, and data on the local law enforcement agencies were collected through a census instrument distributed to all 123 Sheriffs’ Offices within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kimberly McCabe

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Racial Diversity of Virginia Sheriffs' Offices

The United States is considered one of the most diverse nations in the world. However, in occupations such as local law enforcement, racial diversity is rather limited. When a disproportionate percentage exists between the racial demographics of police agencies and the communities they serve, it is likely that not all citizens are being represented equally and fairly. The objective of this study is to identify which recruitment, retention, and financial variables are most related to racial diversity within Virginia Sheriffs’ Offices. The research design for this project is cross-sectional, and data on the local law enforcement agencies were collected through a census instrument distributed to all 123 Sheriffs’ Offices within the Commonwealth of Virginia.