Contacts between Police and the Public, 2015

bjs logoData documented in this special report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) include that, in 2015, an estimated 21 percent of U.S. residents aged 16 or older had experienced some type of contact with the police during the prior 12 months, down from 26 percent in 2011. Findings described in the report are based on data from the BJS’s 2015 Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS), a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS collects information from a nationally representative sample of people age 12 or older in U.S. households; the PPCS was designed to collect information from those 16 or older on contact with police during the 12 months prior to the interview.