Understanding Best Search and Seizure Practices
Group: University of Cincinnati
To address these issues of nationwide importance, the University of Cincinnati Policing Institute (UCPI) was awarded a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The purpose of this project was to engage in research with members of the OSHP to provide a better understanding of their patterns and practices related to search and seizure activities during traffic stops. Specifically, the goal of this research was to gather information regarding the “best practices” of OSHP troopers in an effort to better understand racial/ethnic disparities in OSHP searches and seizures. To achieve this goal, the research methodology incorporated both qualitative and quantitative elements in three interrelated stages, which include: 1) focus groups with OSHP troopers, 2) surveys of all troopers with routine patrol and/or criminal interdiction responsibilities and their sergeants, and 3) comparisons of data generated from the focus groups and survey results with actual search and seizure activity by troopers.
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