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Police Decisions and Insight in New Force Technology

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  • 1 University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho USA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (6), Pages 1-6, June,14 (2014)


Over the last four decades “Thomas A Swift Electrical Rifles” (TASERS), “stun guns” and other conducted energy devices (CEDs) have become a widely used technology. Over the last ten years in particular, this technology has become highly controversial. While there is a large amount of research concerning the physiological effects of this technology, there is less research concerning the social effects. This research will use in-depth interviews with a stratified random sample of police training officers from large, medium, and small cities in the west and miwest of the United States to explore the impacts that the use of CEDs have on police practices. This studywill examine how police training officers in various agencies view TASERS and the debate concerning this technology. It will also survey how the officers are reacting to the media accounts of use of this technology and what effects it is having on officer perceptions and police development and training. This work aims to gain insightas to how other agencies can reduce controversy in their cities. Ideally this work will demonstrate how other police departments may reduce or mitigate the controversy..


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