Iles, Gale; Thompson, Roger
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
There currently exists an empirical gap in our knowledge of organizational factors as they relate to police use of lethal force. As a result of waning interest in macrolevel policing studies over the last three decades, the majority of our understanding of lethal force is derived from studies that specifically focus on microlevel factors (such as officer race or suspect behavior). The present study examined the relationship between organizational variables and the number of self-reported instances of lethal force by law enforcement officers. Departmental variables, jurisdictional characteristics, and the number of lethal force incidents reported annually were collected from law enforcement agencies across the United States (N=424) using a sampling frame provided by Institute for Law and Justice. Findings show that there is a limited working relationship between organizational factors and the use of lethal force. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future organizational research are discussed.
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
vii, 55 leaves
Cooney, Mikaela, "Judge, jury, and executioner: organizational factors that affect police use of lethal force" (2009). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.