Comparison of Latino and White Citizen Satisfaction with the Police

Comparisonof Latino and White Citizen Satisfaction with the Police




Comparisonof Latino and White Citizen Satisfaction with the Police

Thearticle is aimed to showcase a study done to compare the satisfactionwith the police by the whites and the Latinos in San Antonio city inTexas State. The study was carried out by John D. McCluskey, CynthiaPerez, and Rodger Enriquez. Drawing from research done in the past,the study made use of the information to point out the satisfactionof the citizens with the law enforcement agencies using a sample of592 respondents that were contacted and information sought with theuse of telephone interviews. The study indicated that there werehigher levels of satisfaction with the police compared to the whites(McCluskey et al. 2008).

Thestudy, according to the article, made use of random probabilitysampling. The random probability sampling is one of the types ofsampling techniques that are used for the selection of samples thatcould be used to collect data. The method is relatively popular sinceit is considered as one that produces samples that are representativeenough. This method utilizes a form of a random selection of therespondents. In order to obtain this selection method, one has to setup a technique that makes sure that the different elements in thepopulation have an equal chance of being selected. The use of therandom sampling method is to a great extent relatively cheap owing tothe fact that it is cheaper due to the use of telephone surveys. Onehas to be careful however not to break the federal laws on telephonedata collection tools(McCluskey et al. 2008).The survey also is good in that the sampling technique ensured thatwe have representative samples from both the white and the Latinogroups in the sample. The sampling technique, however, could haveexcluded the young populations as well as those families that do nothave access to phones.

Themeasure of central tendency used in the study is the mean. This isthe one of the most popular and well-known central tendency. Themethod was well utilized in this data because the mean can well beused in continuous data similar to the one under consideration. Themean was also appropriate for this set of data because it minimizesthe error in the prediction of any value in the frequency. This meansthat the value produces the lowest measure of error relative to theother values in a set of data. The measures of central tendency werealso appropriately used since this method is appropriate due to thefact that it cannot be affected by outliers that could create a falseimpression that could affect the output of the study(McCluskeyet al. 2008).

Themeasures of variability used in the study were used appropriately.The standard deviation shows the measure of variability when thedistribution is normal or is approximately normal since theproportion of the distribution is within a given number of standarddeviations from the average. In the study, the measures ofvariability clearly show a distribution that is within a range ofdata that shows how far the data has been distributed from the mean.The mean and the standard deviations for the distributions can beconverted and the changes reflected in the distribution table. Thisexplains the reason as to why the standard deviation and by extensionthe variance are becoming one of the most popular data analysis toolssince they fit well to the use of data analysis tools such as theSPSS(Arnab,2007).


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McCluskey,J. D., McCluskey, C. P., &amp Enriquez, R. (2008). A comparison ofLatino and white citizen satisfaction with police.&nbspJournalof Criminal Justice,&nbsp36(6),471–477. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2008.09.012