Police Discretion and Use of Force Research Proposal

Police Discretion and Use of Force
A research proposal to determine how much discretion police officers should have in their application of the use of force.
# 149382 | 1,022 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2011 in Research Designs (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper describes the semi-structured interview structure that will be used in the research and the type of questions that would be asked. The paper also discusses the qualitative and quantitative data gathering strategies and research and how they will provide the researcher with more insight on the attitudes, motivations and behaviors of the police officer when applying discretion in the area of the use of force. Finally, the paper addresses two important ethical considerations that are informed consent and confidentiality.

From the Paper:

"Police are trained to make split-second, life or death decisions every day but when applying the use of force they are given broad latitude (Tejeiro, 2008). Some police officer use good judgment and only apply the necessary amount of force while other officers are overzealous in their use of force. The research will seek to uncover if the level of discretion afforded to the police officer in the field is too broad or if this level of discretion is necessary to ensure the safety of the police officer.
"The type of interview structure that will be used in the research is the semi-structured interview. In the semi-structured interview a fairly open framework will be employed which allows for focused, conversational and two-way communication that will provide the interviewer with more in depth information (Keller, 2010).In this interview structure the questions are designed before the interview begins but participants are given open ended questions that will allow for the emergence of other unplanned questions. Using this type of interview structure participants are provided with an environment in which the can speak freely providing the researcher with more knowledge than would be provided by the structured interview."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Keller, S. (2010). Semi-Structured Interviews.Retrieved August 28, 2011 from http://www.sswm.info/category/planning-process-tools/exploring/exploring-tools/prelim
  • Neil, J. (2007). Qualitative versus Quantitative Research: Key Points in a Classic Debate. Retrieved August 28, 2011 from http://wilderdom.com/research/QualitativeVersusQuantitativeResearch.html
  • Tejeiro, D. (2008). Use of Force, with Discretion.Politics and Culture Magazine. Retrieved from August 28, 2011 from http://www.andmagazine.com/content/and_4643.php

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APA Format

Police Discretion and Use of Force (2011, December 13) Retrieved May 10, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/police-discretion-and-use-of-force-149382/

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