Journal of Public Management & Social Policy


The absence of a culturally competent public sector workforce has led to increased public scrutiny and heightened levels of distrust. In the field of public safety, this is particularly important due to the sensitive nature of the task performed and the historically strained relationships that exist between racial minorities and law enforcement. Using national survey data to gauge the prevalence of citizen’s experiences and perceptions of racial profiling, this research reveals significant discrepancies amongst minorities and their white counterparts. In response, this research encourages public officials and agencies to eliminate inconsistencies in their interactions with the citizenry as a whole. Furthermore, it appeals to public administration scholars to address these issues in their classrooms as well as in their future research. Combined, these efforts can bring awareness and help mitigate the disparate delivery and administering of public-sector services.



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