Weapons, Personal Protection Equipment and Use of Force Term Paper by Devann Murphy

Weapons, Personal Protection Equipment and Use of Force
An examination of the importance of adequate training and gear for law enforcement officers.
# 147518 | 771 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published by on May 09, 2011 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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This paper discusses how law enforcement and security officers routinely rely on the use of weapons and personal protection equipment while on-duty and how weapons, including firearms and non-lethal means of protection, require extensive training and adherence to protocol. The use of personal protection equipment also requires appropriate training and protocols; however, it is also essential that departments issue high quality gear. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the many issues associated with the use of force. The paper examines weapons, personal protection equipment, and the use of force in the criminal justice field.

Personal Protection Equipment
Use of Force

From the Paper:

"According to a study conducted by McDonald, Kaminski, and Smith (2009), injuries to law enforcement officers significantly decreased when non-lethal weapons were used appropriately. A 25-62% decline in injuries was identified when conductive energy devices and oleoresin capsicum spray were used in place of the use of physical force. Furthermore, it can be hypothesized that the severe injury to or death of alleged suspects also declined when employing less than lethal weapons. However, critics contend the use of conductive energy devices, commonly known as a Taser, is in fact a violent act that may have long-lasting effects on the suspect (Marks, 2005). Furthermore, it is believed that these devices are used inappropriately on individuals who do not pose a significant risk to officers. Nevertheless, it is necessary to weigh the risks associated with firearms against those associated with the use of non-lethal weapons. In doing so, it is apparent that non-lethal weapons pose a lesser threat to officers, suspects, and bystanders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harris, C. (2008). Police use of improper force: a systematic review of the evidence. Victims & Offenders, 3 (4), 365-381. doi: 10.1080/15564880701568470
  • Kwon, Y., Kim, C., Kim, H., and Byun, S. (2003). Ergonomic redesign of personal protective equipment for Korean policemen. Occupational Ergonomics, 3 (3), 185-195. Retrieved October 29, 2010, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/ detail?vid=3&hid=110&sid=73baf00ee1c24cdf81e499c73e8129f%40sessionmgr113&bd ata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=10965423
  • Marks, P. (2005). The shocking use of police stun guns. New Scientist, 188 (2525), 30-31. Retrieved October 28, 2010, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ ehost/detail?vid=7&hid=110&sid=e5008828a80f4e4195be326c9c8ab074%40sessionmgr 110&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=18919806
  • McDonald, J., Kaminski, R., and Smith, M. (2009). The effect of less-lethal on injuries in police use of force events. American Journal of Public Health, 99 (12), 2268-2274. Retrieved October 28, 2010, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/ detail?vid=3&hid=110&sid=e5008828a80f4e4195be326c9c8ab074%40sessionmgr110 &bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=mnh&AN=19846686

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