Do Current Use of Force Policies Reduce the Level of Injury for Civilians and Officers? A Study of the Effectiveness of Existing Police Policies and How They Contribute to Nation-Wide Upset
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Current policing research evaluates effectiveness of added procedures boosting accountability, whether less lethal weapons are effective in replacing lethal weapons when force is required, or how policies differ across the nation. This article turns focus toward evaluating the existing use of force policing policy in one state. Six ordered logistic regression models were used to determine whether the policy as well as event characteristics reduce the level of severity of injury obtained in an encounter where force was applied for both civilians and officers and if the policy is effectively applied to all populations. The officer’s perception of the civilian and the officer’s intention in applying force were also considered. Given the tense climate between police and public, it is suspected and confirmed that the policy will not be effective nor universally applied. Following the policy does not slow the severity of injury sustained, nor impact all demographics equally.