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NCJ Number: 76443 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Violence Against Police
Author(s): M C Margarita
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 261
Sponsoring Agency: Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Ctr
Albany, NY 12222
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
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Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
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United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an attempt to decrease police anxieties and police casualties, this work examines the phenomenon of violence against police with particular emphasis on assaults and homicides of officers in New York City.
Abstract: Police officers routinely risk exposure to assault and homicide. Although the danger involved in police work has been accepted as part of the job, there may be explanations beyond the 'role' of the police that could enhance the current understanding of violence against the police. Assaults and homicides have been analyzed as distinct categories of violent behavior, with specific intentions and motivations attributed to the assailants. The two crimes have also been studied as behaviors existing along a continuum of criminal violence, differentiated only by the degree of injury inflicted on the victim. The police, due to the nature of the work they perform, qualify as a special subset of victims. Consequently, the similarities or differences of violence involved in the assaults and homicides of officers cannot be assumed, but must be empirically tested. A national data base is utilized to provide a general framework for the study of violence against the police in a large, urban police department. Criminal assaults and homicides of police in New York are documented and described in an attempt to discern patterns between the two crimes. Additionally, a thematic analysis of violent police-citizen encounters provides insights regarding the motivation of police assailants. At a minimum, some myths regarding police are dispelled through this information, which is intended to increase police awareness of their situations and thereby reduce their anxieties and casualties. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Assaults on police; New York; Police deaths; Police occupational stress; Police safety; Violent crime statistics
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