S2 E29: Fixing Excessive Use of Police Force

In Dr. John Vespucci’s new brief “Police Use of Force – The Impact of a College Degree” he describes what he believes is one answer: College Degrees.

Jen and Darren interview John LIVE at www.dnrstudios.com Channel 8 on Tuesday October 20th 7:30-8:30pm. Call in at 844-TALK-DNR to ask your questions or discuss your thoughts. This will be rebroadcast to the public at www.asylum.radio on Friday October 30th.

John’s brief presents a study addressing the impact of a college degree upon officer use of force. The average American municipal police academy only requires 26 weeks of training, despite previous studies showing overwhelming support that college educated police officers apply more discretion in their use of force than officers without a college degree. Taking into account contemporary public/police conflicts and how American perceptions of police are based largely on officer use of force, this study offers a more current perspective on the profession’s changing dynamic over the past decade.

With data gathered from over 400 officers from 143 distinct municipal police agencies in 6 American states, the study examines the association between a college education and the level of force used to gain compliance during arrest situations, and notes discrepancies between previously studied factors and contextual variables.

To rent or buy your copy, search for the title “Police Use of Force – The Impact of a College Degree” or the author John Vespucci on Amazon or springer.com.

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