Researching the use of force: The background to the international project

Stenning, P, Birkbeck, CH ORCID:, Adang, O, Baker, D, Feltes, T, Gabaldón, LG, Haberfeld, M, Paes Machado, E and Waddington, PAJ 2009, 'Researching the use of force: The background to the international project' , Crime, Law and Social Change, 52 (2) , pp. 95-110.

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This article provides the background to an international project on use of force by the police that was carried out in eight countries. Force is often considered to be the defining characteristic of policing and much research has been conducted on the determinants, prevalence and control of the use of force, particularly in the United States. However, little work has looked at police officers’ own views on the use of force, in particular the way in which they justify it. Using a hypothetical encounter developed for this project, researchers in each country conducted focus groups with police officers in which they were encouraged to talk about the use of force. The results show interesting similarities and differences across countries and demonstrate the value of using this kind of research focus and methodology.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Crime, Law and Social Change
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0925-4994
Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 11:21
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:34
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