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Stop, Question, and Assess: Comments on Rosenfeld and Fornango

NCJ Number
Justice Quarterly Volume: 31 Issue: 1 Dated: February 2014 Pages: 123-128
Steven F. Messner; Eric P. Baumer
Date Published
February 2014
6 pages
This research examined New York City police department's stop, question, and frisk policy.
The authors develop three points in this commentary on Rosenfeld and Fornango's empirical assessment of the NYPD policy of stop, question, and frisk (SQF). First, the authors draw attention to some of the key patterns uncovered in the analysis, posing questions that the authors think warrant additional thought. Second, the authors highlight some potential ambiguities between the underlying logic model of SQF and the empirical models assumed in existing research evaluations that have important implications for the conclusions that one might draw from the available evidence. Finally, the authors suggest some ways in which the empirical basis for evaluating the efficacy of SQF might be strengthened. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.