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  NCJ Number: NCJ 184934     Find in a Library
  Title: Evaluation of Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.) Use by Law Enforcement Agencies: Impact on Injuries to Officers and Suspects, Final Activity Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): J. Michael Bowling Ph.D. ; Monica Gaines MBMA
  Date Published: 2000
  Page Count: 24
  Annotation: This report describes a 2-year study to collect and analyze data on injuries to police officers and suspects in North Carolina resulting from police use of oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray.
  Abstract: Information for the study was obtained from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Winston Salem Police Department, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The analysis focused on injuries to police officers and use of excessive force complaints against the police. Study findings showed the issuance of OC spray was associated with a decline in the number of injured patrol officers per month and a decline in the monthly counts of suspects injured by the use of force by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Further, a decline in excessive use of force complaints lodged against patrol officers was associated with the implementation of OC spray. While OC spray could have implicated in changing counts of injured police officers and suspects at other study sites, available data did not provide sufficient evidence to make those claims. 3 references, 15 tables, and 6 figures
  Main Term(s): Police safety
  Index Term(s): Municipal police ; Complaints against police ; Less Lethal/ Nonlethal Weapons ; Police equipment ; Lawful use of force ; State highway patrol agencies ; Police research ; Injury investigations ; Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)/Pepper Spray ; NIJ final report ; NIJ grant-related documents ; North Carolina
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 97-LB-VT--K018
  Publication Number: 7-9205-NC-IJ
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: See NCJ-184935 for the summary report.
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