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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.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice on 21 Jul 2022, available at:

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Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice





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