Latino confidence in the police: The role of immigration enforcement, assimilation, and immigration status
Barrick, K. (2014). Latino confidence in the police: The role of immigration enforcement, assimilation, and immigration status. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 12(4), 289-307. DOI: 10.1080/15377938.2014.893218
Police departments rely on residents to report crime in order to help keep communities safe. Research suggests that attitudes toward the police are influenced by race and ethnicity; however, research on Latinos is underdeveloped. Confidence in the police among Latinos is complicated by local law enforcement's role in immigration enforcement, which potentially discourages cooperation with the police. The current study examines whether Latino confidence in the police varies by experiences with immigration enforcement, level of assimilation, or immigration status. Study findings suggest that Hispanics who have been questioned about their immigration status have less confidence in the police than those who have not. The results provide some evidence that experiences with immigration enforcement may degrade confidence in the police among Latinos.