Researching the use of force: the background to the international project

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Title Researching the use of force: the background to the international project
Author Stenning, Philip; Birkbeck, Christopher; Adang, Otto; Baker, David; Feltes, Thomas; Gabaldón, Luis Gerardo; Haberfeld, Maki; Machado, Eduardo Paes; Waddington, P. A. J.
Journal Name Crime, Law and Social Change
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer Science + Business Media
Abstract This article provides the background to an international project on use of force by the police that was carried out in seven countries. Force is often considered to be the defining characteristic of policing and much research has been conducted on the determinants, prevalence and control of the use of force, particularly in the United States. However, little work has looked at police officers' own views on the use of force, in particular the way in which they justify it. Using a hypothetical encounter developed for this project, researchers in each country conducted focus groups with police officers in which they were encouraged to talk about the use of force. The results show interesting similarities and differences across countries and demonstrate the value of using this kind of research focus and methodology.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-008-9177-6
Volume 52
Issue Number 2
Page from 95
Page to 110
ISSN 0925-4994
Date Accessioned 2011-03-16
Date Available 2011-03-31T04:47:32Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37895
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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