ERIC Number: ED295090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Danger to Police in Domestic Disturbances--A New Look. Research in Brief.
Garner, Joel; Clemmer, Elizabeth
Research in Brief, Nov 1986
Danger to police is a major premise of much contemporary police training for domestic disturbance calls. Intervening in domestic disturbances has long been seen as the single most frequent cause of police deaths. A study was conducted by the National Institute of Justice to examine the danger faced by police when responding to domestic disturbance calls. Previously, data on all disturbance calls had been interpreted as solely or primarily domestic disturbances. In fact, domestic disturbances make up only a small part of the general disturbance category and, when separated, the data revealed that fewer deaths were actually associated with these assignments than previously reported. The findings suggest that the danger to police in domestic disturbance cases has been overstated. While there is a risk to officers in responding to family violence calls, other police assignments are far more dangerous. Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and from seven independent studies were analyzed, revealing that robbery calls were consistently the most dangerous in terms of police officer deaths. This new information should help police chiefs revise and improve training for their officers in how to deal with domestic disturbance calls. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.