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.
Use-of-Force, Tasers, Controversy, Community, Police Training, In - Depth Interviews
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.
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De Angelis, J., & Wolf, B. (2013). Tasers and Community Controversy: Investigating Training Officer Perceptions of Public Concern Over Conducted Energy Weapons. The Qualitative Report, 18(13), 1-20. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol18/iss13/2