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NCJ Number: 200925 Find in a Library
Title: Sheriff Law Enforcement Officers and the Use of Force
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:31  Issue:4  Dated:July/August 2003  Pages:373-381
Author(s): Jimmy J. Williams; Gary Hester
Editor(s): Kent B. Joscelyn
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This exploratory study examined the use of force by sheriff law enforcement officers of the Florida Polk County Sheriff’s Office reporting on the types of force used by officers and the characteristics of officers with multiple incidents of the use of force.
Abstract: This study examined the use of force by law enforcement officers of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, investigating the relationship between characteristics of sheriff law enforcement officers and the use of force. The article begins by defining the use of force and explaining the police use of force. The data for the study were obtained from the Sheriff’s office protective action reports and the related offense/incident reports. Under Florida laws, these reports are public record. Various characteristics of the sheriff law enforcement were used to predict the use of force. The study found that White male deputies, younger than 36, with less than 145 months of service, and assigned to patrol duties were more likely to use force. Excluding race, the findings supported the results of other studies of the police use of force. The study also revealed that the reported rate for use of force by members of the sheriff’s office was similar to other agencies with a comparable jurisdiction. Force was used in less than 1 percent of the arrests. Study limitations are presented and discussed. References
Main Term(s): Police weapons use
Index Term(s): Florida; Lawful use of force; Police use of deadly force; Police weapons training; Sheriff training; Sheriffs
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