Police Integrity Research Group

Fall 2019 Research Assistants for the Police Integrity Research Group posing at the BGSU letters.
Fall 2019 Research Assistants at the BGSU Police Integrity Research Group

BGSU RESEARCHERS STUDY CRIME BY SWORN OFFICERS TO INFORM THE PUBLIC AND IMPROVE POLICING 

Bowling Green Professor Phil Stinson and his Police Integrity Research Group study the phenomenon of police crime (that is, crime committed by sworn law enforcement officers) for the public good. Prior research in this area was limited to observational studies and surveys, and no government agencies collect, aggregate, or disseminate information on sworn law enforcement officers who commit crimes. We primarily rely on news articles and court records to locate and track individual criminal cases where sworn law enforcement officers who are arrested for one or more crimes. Our internal research database currently includes information on more than 15,100 criminal arrest cases during the years 2005-2019 involving over 12,800 individual nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers, each of whom were charged with one or more crimes. The arrested officers were employed by more than 4,551 state, local, and special law enforcement agencies located in 1,753 counties and independent cities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

New cases are logged into an object-relational database system, OnBase, and tracked over time to determine numerous outcomes such as final adverse employment status and criminal case dispositions. Currently, new 2019 arrest cases are being logged into the database, and we are now fully coding arrest cases from the year 2015 on more than 270 quantitative variables. Coding has been completed on 10,287 criminal arrest cases from the years 2005-2014 involving 8,495 individual nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers, each of whom were charged with one or more crimes. The officers arrested in years 2005-2014 were employed by 3,429 state, local, and special law enforcement agencies located in 1,486 counties and independent cities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A restricted-use data set of arrest cases from the years 2005-2011 (244 coded variables for 6,724 cases) is available to qualified university-affiliated researchers for secondary data analysis from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data at the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research.   

THE HENRY A. WALLACE POLICE CRIME DATABASE

The Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database is a publicly-available web-based searchable database. The database includes summary information for 159 variables on 10,287 criminal arrest cases from the years 2005-2014 involving 8,495 individual nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers across the United States, each of whom were charged with one or more crimes. The arrested officers were employed by 3,429 state, local, and special law enforcement agencies located in 1,486 counties and independent cities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The research methodology captures many cases of sworn law enforcement officers who have been arrested. The research is designed to capture the phenomenon of police crime at state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States. It does not, however, capture every case.

The publicly-available database is named for Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965), who promoted progressive ideas in order to give the power back to the people.  As the 33rd Vice President of the United States, Wallace advocated for an informed public and was committed to social justice, equality, and peace within the United States.  He encouraged citizens to take a stand for civil rights and to denounce hatred and injustice.  The purpose of the Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database is to inform the public about crimes committed by nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers across the United States. 

Picture of the Police Integrity Research Lab in Room 011A of the College of Health and Human Services
Police Integrity Research Lab in Room 011A of the College of Health and Human Services Building.

IN THE NEWS

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KPBS-TV
April 13, 2020

Crime Drops Around the World As Coronavirus Keeps People Inside
Associated Press
April 11, 2020

Chicago Police Chief’s Firing Puts Spotlight on Cops Who Let Fellow Officers Go
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2019

Sex Crimes by Cops an Outgrowth of their ‘Power and Coercive Authority,’ Expert Says
Los Angeles Daily News
November 12, 2019

Interrogation Company Insists That ‘When They See Us’ Got It Wrong
New York Times
October 17, 2019

Officer Goes on Trial for Alleged Hate Crime in Assault on Handcuffed Black Man
CBS News
September 20, 2019

If Minnesota Officer Had Been White, Would He Have Been Convicted?
USA Today
May 23, 2019

A Black Officer, a White Woman, a Rare Murder Conviction. Is It ‘Hypocrisy’ or Justice?
New York Times
May 3, 2019

You’re Supposed to Report Sexual Assault to Police. But What If Your Abuser Is an Officer?
Delaware News Journal
February 12, 2019

Police Officers in US Were Charged with More Than 400 Rapes Over a 9-Year Period
CNN
October 19, 2018

The Federal Government Doesn’t Track Police Violence – But I Do
The Atlantic
September 11, 2018

Can Prosecutors Get a Conviction in Case Against Mohammed Noor?
Minnesota Public Radio News
March 21, 2018

How Some Cops Use the Badge To Commit Sex Crimes
The Washington Post
January 12, 2018

When Cops Commit Crimes: Inside the First Database that Tracks America’s Criminal Cops
VICE News
September 12, 2017

Jurors Find Video Isn’t Providing 20/20 Vision in Police Shootings
The New York Times
July, 25 2017

Charging a Police Officer in Fatal Shooting Case is Rare, and a Conviction is Even Rarer
New York Daily News
May 31, 2017

Cops Shoot and Kill Someone about 1,000 Times a Year: What Can Be Done?
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2016

Why Some Problem Cops Don’t Lose Their Badges
The Wall Street Journal
December 30, 2016

How We Tracked Problem Officers
The Wall Street Journal
December 30, 2016

Police Accountability
Last Week Tonight on HBO
October 2, 2016

Study Finds Police Officers Arrested 1,100 Times Per Year
The Washington Post
June 22, 2016

Ex-Cop Keeps the Country’s Best Data Set on Police Misconduct
FiveThirtyEight
April 22, 2015

Thousands Dead, Few Prosecuted
The Washington Post
April 11, 2015