How Student Perceptions of Police Influence Crime Reporting

Positive interactions with police among youth can establish long-lasting positive relationships with law enforcement and allow youth to feel comfortable reporting crimes. Unfortunately, many victimizations go unreported. 

In this video, researcher Makayla Burden from Michigan State University discusses the results of a study on how the relationship between youth and law enforcement officers relates to their willingness to report crime.

Burden, M., Melde, C., McGarrell, E. F., Heinze, J. E., Franzen, S., & Michaels, K. (2023). Adolescent attitudes toward police and crime reporting intentions. Journal of Crime and Justice 46(5), 593-606.

Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.). Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

This video was created and produced by Katy Hunter, Research Assistant at the National Center for School Safety.

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5m 45s

Topic Areas

School Climate, School-based Law Enforcement

Crisis Timeline

Prevention Planning


Law Enforcement & First Responders, School Personnel