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Title: Pepper Spray Evaluation Project: Results of the Introduction of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Into the Baltimore County, MD, Police Department
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 100
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 92-IJ-CX-K026
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The implementation and impacts of the use of oleoresin capsicum (OC) pepper spray were evaluated using data from Baltimore County (Md.).
Abstract: The evaluation focused on how OC was adopted and implemented by the Baltimore County Police Department and the impact of OC use on police and suspect injuries and complaints about police brutality, as well as its effectiveness in subduing uncooperative or physically resistant individuals. Data collection for both the impact and process evaluations began in mid-July 1993. Findings revealed that the police used the spray 194 times on humans or dogs in a 9-month period, mainly for battery, assault, disorderly conduct, domestic assault, mental, and traffic-related cases. In 90 percent of the incidents the individual was sufficiently incapacitated to permit arrest or other officer actions. The total number of citizen complaints alleging force was lower during the period when spray was used than in the two periods before the spray was used. The process evaluation revealed that the police agency used a phase-in approach to training, developed a standard operating procedure, and addressed issues related to police use of force. Tables, figures, footnotes, and appended background information and program documents from the police agency
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Chemical irritants; Maryland; Police Brutality; Police equipment
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