Award Date

May 2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Tamara Herold

Second Committee Member

William Sousa

Third Committee Member

Terance Miethe

Fourth Committee Member

Jaewon Lim

Number of Pages

74

Abstract

Using secondary data from the Henderson Police Department (NV), a study was conducted to explore the contextual relationships of officers, subjects and situational characteristics related to use of force encounters. A series of research questions examine the combinations of contextual factors (i.e., officer demographics, subject demographics, and event-specific characteristics) that are associated with different types of police use of force (e.g., Taser, non-Taser), officer injuries and subject injuries. Univariate analysis, Bivariate analysis and Conjunctive Analysis of Case Configurations examine the data and identify contextual profiles associated with police use of force. The analysis shows that there is variation in the characteristics associated with Taser deployment, officer injuries and subject injuries. The consistent characteristics for the three areas of research (Taser deployment, officer injuries and subject injuries) include white officers who are in the patrol bureau and impaired subjects. The results have implications for police executives and human resource directors regarding the development of mitigating policies, practices and training protocols for officers using force.

Disciplines

Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice

Language

English


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