Date Presented

Spring 5-14-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Access Type

1

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Criminology

First Advisor

Dr. Michhael Klein

Second Advisor

Dr. Beth Savage

Third Advisor

Professor Keith Smith

Abstract

This project will test five variables that could influence the rate of police officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty from 1998 to 2015. These variables include the population per square mile, vacant housing, unemployment rate, percentage of high school graduates, and percentage of poverty rate. The information for the variables and the cases will be from the years of 1998 to 2015, and it will include officers who have been killed or assaulted while they are working.

This project will be analyzing these variables to determine if there is a correlation between one of the variables and the numbers of police officers that were killed or assaulted in the line of duty. If there are significant results from the statistical test, then the same test could be run on a larger set of data to see if there are significant results on the larger scale. If there are continuous significant results, then the information that is found from this project could be used to decrease the rate of law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty. The results showed that the percent of poverty in the area is significant for the rate of officers being killed while working, and all of the variables tested were significant for the rate of officers being assaulted.

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