Shoot/Do Not Shoot

This article looks at how police recruits are taught to respond to specific situations.  The shoot/do not shoot idea stems from the hands up, don’t shoot movement.  Davies looks at how police officers are taught to use force in specific situations.  In today’s society, it is important to understand the use behind officer’s using specific forces such as weapons.  As this data was collected through a study in Australia, it is to be said that American police officers could be taught a different response.  Results showed that officers typically used force when threat levels were high and the offender was though to have a firearm.


Link to Article:


Amanda Jane Davies (2017) Shoot/do not shoot – what are the influences? The police recruit perspective, Policing and Society, 27:5, 494-507, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2015.1077835


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