Differential Deployment, Violent Environments and Police Incidents: An Exploratory Investigation

Robert J. Kane, The American University
Richard R. Bennett, The American University

A growing body of scholarly literature attempts to explain the nature and distribution of police incidents ranging from police coercive encounters to injuries suffered by the police themselves. Drawing on both conflict and opportunity perspectives, this study examines the determinants of police "incidents" on the badses of police deployment practices, community level violent events, and a set of relevant control factors.

The analyses employ individual level data measuring police incidents nested in community level environments which include relevant socioeconomic indicators and police deployment levels. Conclusions drawn from the findings of this study will have implications for the management of potentially hazardous police incidents.

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