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NCJ Number: 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
Author(s): J. Michael Bowling Ph.D.; Monica Gaines MBMA
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 97-LB-VT--K018
Publication Number: 7-9205-NC-IJ
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
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): Complaints against police; Injury investigations; Lawful use of force; Less lethal technologies; Municipal police; NIJ final report; NIJ grant-related documents; North Carolina; Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)/Pepper Spray; Police equipment; Police research; State highway patrol agencies
Note: See NCJ-184935 for the summary report.
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