SpringerBriefs in Policing

Police Militarization

Policy Changes and Stakeholders' Opinions in the United States

Authors: Turner, Frederick, Fox, Bryanna

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  • Examines the level of support for various aspects of police militarization and suggests contributing factors to these positions
  • Offers valuable insight into policymaker and law enforcement perspectives on police militarization in the US
  • Outlines key aspects of police militarization for researchers in criminology, criminal justice, and related fields
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​This Brief examines the “militarization” of law enforcement in the United States through the lens of the stakeholders primarily responsible for implementing, funding, and enacting the practice. Largely a result of policies such as the war on drugs, war on terror, and the 1033 program, there has been a gradual but dramatic rise in the use of military-grade weapons, equipment, and tactics used by police agencies across the United States. This Brief examines the level of support for various aspects of police militarization by lawmakers, police executives, and local police officers, and how their opinions may differ based upon their current position or demographic features using a series of analyses and propensity score matching techniques.

This Brief also provides an overview of some of the key policy changes responsible for police militarization, and provides insights into the views held by policymakers and law enforcement on various aspects of the practice. The results indicate that while many responsible for this shift are in favor of paramilitary procurement programs, there are differing opinions on key issues such as oversight and use of military-grade weapons, equipment and paramilitary tactics.

This work will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, particularly those with an interest in policing studies, as well as related fields such as public policy, public administration, emergency management, and sociology.

About the authors

Dr. Frederick Turner II is the Chair for Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs in the Graduate School at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Turner holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a focus in Behavioral Science from Nova Southeastern University. He has over 12 years of combined experience serving in the U.S. Navy as a military policer with multiple deployments to the Middle East and the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection as an Intelligence Analyst. In this role, he maintained effective working relationships with counterparts in law enforcement and intelligence communities. His current research focuses on the public’s perception of militarization of policing and police legitimacy.

Dr. Bryanna Fox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Courtesy Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Law, and Policy at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Fox earned her Ph.D. in psychological criminology from the University of Cambridge in England.  She is a former FBI Special Agent, former research consultant for the FBI's Field Investigation Group in Tampa, and former research fellow in the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) in Quantico, Virginia.  Her main research interests relate to the identification of psychological and developmental risk factors for criminal behavior, developing evidence-based tools for law enforcement, and conducting experimental field research. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • An Introduction to Police Militarization

    Pages 1-5

    Turner, Frederick W., II (et al.)

  • Blurring the Lines Between Policing and Militarization

    Pages 7-30

    Turner, Frederick W., II (et al.)

  • Public Perceptions and Support for Police Militarization

    Pages 31-35

    Turner, Frederick W., II (et al.)

  • Data Collection on Support for Police Militarization Among a Sample of Police Officers, Police Executives, and Members of the U.S. Congress

    Pages 37-46

    Turner, Frederick W., II (et al.)

  • Testing the Level of Support for Police Militarization in a Sample of Police Officers, Police Executives, and Members of the U.S. Congress

    Pages 47-55

    Turner, Frederick W., II (et al.)

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Softcover 57,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Police Militarization
Book Subtitle
Policy Changes and Stakeholders' Opinions in the United States
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Policing
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01282-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01282-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-01281-6
Series ISSN
2194-6213
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 79
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