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Murdered on Duty: The Killing of Police Officers in America, Second Edition

NCJ Number
S G Chapman
Date Published
218 pages
This book attempts to determine why so many United States police officers are killed in the line of duty and what can be done to reduce the toll.
The book presents statistics on the increasing number of attacks on police officers, and describes incidents, participants (both police and suspects), dispositions (from arrests to sentencing), and activities being performed when attacked. It contains several categories of suggestions regarding what to do about attacks on police: (1) improve police training (including survival skills and attitudes); (2) sharpen field operations and evaluate administrative decision-making; (3) upgrade technology and equipment; (4) minimize dangers involved in jailing and undercover work; (5) institute legislative countermeasures such as firearms control legislation; (6) inform the public of the dangers facing police; (7) deal with chemical dependency and the effects of television and film violence, which may lead to violent behavior; and (8) improve survivor benefits. Tables, bibliography, index


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