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Understanding Police Use of Force : Officers, Suspects, and Reciprocity - Geoffrey P. Alpert

Understanding Police Use of Force

Officers, Suspects, and Reciprocity


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Whenever police officers come into contact with citizens there is a chance that the encounter will digress to one in which force is used on a suspect. Fortunately, most police activities do not involve the use of force. But those that do reflect important patterns of interaction between the officer and the citizen. This book examines those patterns. It begins with a brief survey of prior research, and then goes on to present new data and findings. Among the new data are the force factor applied - that is, the level of force used relative to suspect resistance - and data on the sequential order of incidents of force. The authors also examine police use of force from the suspect's perspective. In analyzing this data they put forward a new conceptual framework, the Authority Maintenance Theory, for examining and assessing police use of force.

'This book is a valuable resource. The contents could well be useful for officers, instructors and policy makers as well as academics ...'. British Journal of Sociology

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Context of Police Use of Forcep. 1
Police Use of Force: The History of Researchp. 17
The Crucial Element: Finding Research Sitesp. 54
Findings from Miami-Dade Police Department Studyp. 65
The Sequential Steps in Use-of-Force Incidents in the Miami-Dade Police Departmentp. 87
Miami-Dade Police Department: Inconsistencies between Officer and Suspect Accounts of the Use of Forcep. 124
Findings from Prince George's County Police Departmentp. 135
Findings and Summaryp. 155
Explaining Police Use of Force: The Breakdown of an Authority Maintenance Ritualp. 170
Frequencies of Force Sequences for First through Tenth Actionsp. 188
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780521837736
ISBN-10: 0521837731
Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 16th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.47