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NCJ Number: 160307 Find in a Library
Title: Police Impact Weapons: An Expanding Future?
Journal: Gazette  Volume:58  Issue:1  Dated:(1996)  Pages:12-15
Author(s): J Johnston
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Most police officers, administrators, trainers, and use of force experts in Canada agree that impact weapons represent a necessary force option, and several types of intermediate weapons on the market include chemical agents, aerosol irritants, stun guns, taser guns, and unconventional impact weapons.
Abstract: Although some police administrators believe Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray may replace the impact weapon, the only weapon that has stood the test of time as a viable, reliable intermediate force option is the impact weapon or baton. Because OC spray has a documented, significant failure to incapacitate rate and because that failure rate applies particularly to individuals most needing to be controlled, it must be viewed as a low-level force option on par with empty hand control tactics. On the other hand, the police impact weapon or baton is a multiple- level force option ranging from implied physical force to deadly force. The baton is primarily an impact weapon used to control resistant offenders. Advantages and disadvantages of various types of batons are noted. The author concludes that the expandable, straight baton offers the most advantages related to training, ease of use, portability, positive public perception, and deterrent capability. 4 photographs
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Batons; Canada; Chemical irritants; Police use of deadly force; Police weapons use
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