skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 181655     Find in a Library
Title: Oleoresin Capsicum: Pepper Spray as a Force Alternative
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 03/1994
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This report examines the use of oleoresin capsicum (OC) as a force alternative.
Abstract: The report explains what OC is, describes its effects, benefits, and limitations; provides objective information to help make informed purchasing decisions; and provides names, addresses, and telephone numbers of OC manufacturers and other sources of information. OC, also known as pepper spray, incapacitates subjects by inducing an almost immediate burning sensation of the skin and a burning, tearing, and swelling of the eyes. When it is inhaled, the respiratory tract is inflamed, resulting in a swelling of the mucous membranes lining the breathing passages and temporarily restricting breathing to short, shallow breaths. In most cases no special decontamination procedures are required, and it is biodegradable. In confrontations with subjects under the influence of PCP, OC is the best option short of a lethal weapon. The report includes suggestions on training officers in the use of OC, and discusses medical and legal issues related to police use of OC. Notes
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Aerosol projectors ; Less Lethal/ Nonlethal Weapons ; Medicolegal considerations ; Science and Technology ; Chemical irritants ; Police policies and procedures ; Police weapons training ; Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)/Pepper Spray ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 92-IJ-CX-0003;90-IJ-CX-K009;
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
Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.