This paper presents preliminary insights from police leaders in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), a southwestern border region of the United States. Perceptions among minority police leaders with respect to minority-police interactions have received little attention. To better understand the perceptions of minority police leaders, this study focused on whether police leaders in a predominantly Hispanic region of the country perceive that racial tensions influence police-community interactions. Using a purposive sample of 29 police leaders, preliminary results suggest that recent high-profile incidents have had some impact on how officers do their jobs. Implications for public policy and suggestions for future studies are discussed.
Marika Dawkins-Cavazos (2022) Racial tension, public mistrust, and policing: Insights from police leaders in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV)- a research note, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 20:3, 248-269, DOI: 10.1080/15377938.2022.2102561
Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice