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NCJ Number: 67295 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: RESISTING PRISONER - A STUDY OF THE PARTICIPANTS AND THE SITUATIONS
Author(s): J B SCRIVENER; M J SMITH
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SITUATIONAL VARIABLES ALONE AND IN INTERACTION WITH OTHER VARIABLES ARE EXAMINED IN THEIR IMPACT ON ARREST RESISTANCE IN A SAMPLE OF 505 INCIDENTS OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Abstract: FOR THIS STUDY, RESISTANCE MEANS ANY TYPE OF PHYSICAL CONTACT BETWEEN OFFICER AND CITIZEN WHERE THE CITIZEN AGGRESSIVELY RESISTS THE OFFICER'S INTENTIONS. THE COMMUNITY FROM WHICH THE SAMPLE WAS TAKEN WAS A MIDWESTERN CITY OF 170,000. OF THE 260 SWORN PERSONNEL IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, ABOUT 190 WERE INVOLVED IN THE SAMPLE INCIDENTS. MOST DATA FOR INCIDENT ANALYSIS WERE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT'S OFFICER REPORTING SYSTEM. DATA ON THE ARRESTEE WERE OBTAINED FROM THE JAIL RECORDS. THE CHI SQUARE TEST OF INDEPENDENCE PRODUCED SUPPORTIVE FINDINGS FOR THE HYPOTHESIS THAT CERTAIN SITUATIONAL VARIABLES HAVE A DIRECT INFLUENCE ON RESISTANCE OCCURRENCES. THREE SITUATIONAL VARIABLES--HOW AN INCIDENT WAS INITIATED, WHERE IT OCCURRED, AND THE NATURE OF THE CONTACT--WERE CLEARLY LINKED TO A VIOLENT OUTCOME. OFFICERS WORKING 'SOLO' AND MAKING 'ON-VIEW' OR SELF-INITIATED CONTACTS FOUND THEMSELVES BEING RESISTED MORE OFTEN THAN EXPECTED, WHILE 'SOLO' OFFICERS RESPONDING TO A CALL EXPERIENCED LESS RESISTANCE THAN EXPECTED. OFFICERS ASSISTED AT AN INCIDENT, WHETHER ON-CALL OR ON-VIEW, ENCOUNTERED ONLY THE EXPECTED AMOUNT OF RESISTANCE. THE 'SOLO' OFFICER MET RESISTANCE IN STREET CONTACTS MORE OFTEN THAN EXPECTED, WHILE THE ASSISTED OFFICER ENCOUNTERED SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTIES IN BUSINESS PLACES. RESISTANCE IN RESIDENCES AND OTHER PLACES WAS ABOUT AS EXPECTED. WITH REGARD TO THE NATURE OF THE CONTACT, THE SOLO OFFICER ENCOUNTERED RESISTANCE MORE OFTEN THAN EXPECTED IN TRAFFIC STOPS, WHILE ASSISTED OFFICERS ENCOUNTERED SIGNIFICANT RESISTANCE WITH SUSPECTS, SUSPICIOUS PERSONS, AND DISTURBANCE SITUATIONS. RESISTANCE IN FAMILY CONFLICTS WAS ABOUT AS EXPECTED. FINDINGS CAN BE USED TO DEVISE POLICIES OF OFFICER ACTION IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS THAT CAN REDUCE VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS. TABULAR DATA AND A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY ARE PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Disorderly conduct; Research; Resisting arrest
Note: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON - SENIOR THESIS
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