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NCJ Number: NCJ 240873     Find in a Library
Title: Police Use of Force and Officer Injuries: Comparing Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs) to Hands- and Weapon-Based Tactics
Journal: Police Quarterly  Volume:15  Issue:2  Dated:June 2012  Pages:115 to 136
Author(s): Eugene A. Paoline III ; William Terrill ; Jason R. Ingram
Date Published: 06/2012
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2005-IJ-CX-0055
Document: HTML 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses conducted energy devices (CEDs) used in American police departments.
Abstract: The widespread adoption of conducted energy devices (CEDs) across American police departments over the last decade has been mired in public controversy. It is generally accepted, from a police perspective, that CEDs are safer for officers who can use the weapon at a greater distance, avoiding much of the harm associated with close physical struggles with citizens. Research has generally supported the notion that aggregate levels of officer injuries are reduced following the implementation of CEDs. Unfortunately, multivariate examinations that, in varying degrees, have attempted to compare CED applications to other forms of force (while controlling for rival causal factors) have yet to produce the same consistent results as the pre- and post-CED adoption studies. The current research adds to recent multivariate inquiries by using data collected as part of a national multiagency use of force project to assess the independent effect of CEDs on officer injuries. Based on a series of multivariate models, our results generally find evidence of increased benefits (i.e., lower probability of officer injury) of CEDs when used by themselves. By contrast, in some instances when CEDs were used in combination with other forms of force, there was an increased probability of officer injury. The implications of these findings for police researchers and practitioners are considered. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Police weapons ; Less Lethal/ Nonlethal Weapons ; Lawful use of force ; Weapons handling safety guidelines ; Tasers ; NIJ grant-related documents
   
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