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NCJ Number: 157993 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Expandable Size-Handled Baton
Author(s): E Kock; T Kemp; B Rix
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 72
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-284-X
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report presents the results of in-force trials of the expandable side-handled baton (ESHB) as an alternative to the traditional truncheon used by police forces in Great Britain.
Abstract: The research involved 13 police forces, 12 of which participated in every aspect of the study. The research involved collecting views and data on training, collecting and analyzing data on incidents, understanding police officer views, analyzing relevant police force data, and evaluating the general public's views of batons. It was found that most police officers strongly preferred the ESHB over the truncheon, in part because the ESHB helped police officers defend themselves more effectively than the truncheon. At the same time, the ESHB appeared no more likely to cause serious injury to the public, and the majority of citizens favored the change from the truncheon to the ESHB. Police officers were generally positive about ESHB training they received but indicated there was room for improvement. While the ESHB was generally effective, well-liked, and relatively safe to use, the researchers determined that other alternatives may be more appropriate than the ESHB in certain circumstances. They recommend that the choice of baton reflect police officer role, policing circumstances, police officer preference, and police and public safety. Appendixes contain the forms used in the research study. 31 tables and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Batons; Criminology; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police baton training; Police department surveys; Police equipment; Police research
Note: Police Research Series Paper 11
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