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  NCJ Number: NCJ 160113   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: National Data Collection on Police Use of Force
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): T McEwen
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Institute for Law and Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 1996
  Page Count: 107
  Annotation: This discussion paper highlights findings from research on police use of force.
  Abstract: The report presents data from national collection efforts, annual summaries, and research by the Federal Government. It contains an overview of police use of force, including summaries of early studies, the need for local data collection on force, and the surprisingly high number of groups interested in obtaining statistics on police use of force. Results from three recent studies are presented as examples of national, state, and local statistical efforts. The difficulties in collecting data on police use of force are examined, along with discussion of various definitions of police use of force and concerns on how the data will be used. Because there are several potential sources from which data could be collected, a section is included on the advantages and disadvantages of different data collection approaches. The paper also includes details on two major initiatives by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Institute of Justice to collect national data on police use of force. Footnotes, exhibits, references, appendix
  Main Term(s): Police
  Index Term(s): Data collection devices ; Statistics ; Police statistics ; Data collection ; Lawful use of force ; Police use of deadly force ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ; Police research
  Grant Number: OJP-94-C-008
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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