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Abstract

Over the last several decades, “Tasers,” “stun guns” and other conducted energy devices (CEDs) have become a widely adopted, though publicly controversial, form of police restraint technology. While there is a growing body of research on the physiological effects of these types of weapons, less attention has been devoted to the social effects of this technology. This paper draws on in - depth interviews with a stratified random sample of police training officers from two states (n=27) to explore the effect that community controversy over the use of CEDs has had on police organizational practices. In particular, we explore how police training officers: (a ) Represent the sources of recent community controversies relating to CEDs; (b ) Characterize the effects that community controversy has on officer practices and policy development.

Keywords

Use-of-Force, Tasers, Controversy, Community, Police Training, In - Depth Interviews

Acknowledgements

We would like thank Brandon Long for his outstanding research assistance on this project. This research was partially funded by the University of Idaho’s, 2009-2010 Faculty Seed Grant Program.

Publication Date

4-1-2013

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