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This bibliography contains selected, English-language materials on police weapons and equipment and the rules governing their use.  It is divided into two sections: Foreign Jurisdictions and the United States.

Foreign Jurisdictions

Botswana National Plan for Arms Management, 2004.  77 pp.  Gaborone: Republic of Botswana, Botswana Police Service, 2004.

Z6009.B55B68 2004
http://lccn.loc.gov/2005326020

Bridges, Ian & Fraser Sampson eds.  Blackstone’s Police Operational Handbook 2009.  935 pp.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. [England.]

KD7869.6.B55 2008
http://lccn.loc.gov/2008042633

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Tasers and Stun Guns: An Overview.  In Lankford, Ronald D., ed.  At Issue: Tasers.  pp. 10–16.  Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012.

HV7936.E7T37 2012
http://lccn.loc.gov/2011053374

Canadian Program of Science and Technology in Support of Law Enforcement, Annual Report.  Ottawa: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Science and Technology Program Support Section, 1985–1989.

HV7936.E7 C34
http://lccn.loc.gov/88659852

Cerrah, Ibrahim.  Democratization of Policing: The Case of the Turkish PoliceIn M.R. Haberfeld & Ibrahim Cerrah, eds.  Comparative Policing: The Struggle for Democratization.  pp. 183–222.  London: Sage Publications, 2008.

HV7921.C6443
http://lccn.loc.gov/2007029724

Dawkins, Kevin E.  Police Weapons: Soft-Nose Bullets.  Police Weapons Firearms Policy.  1989 New Zealand Law Journal.  pp. 60–66.  February 1989.

K14.E986
http://lccn.loc.gov/42023745

Hakeem, Farrukh.  Emergence of Modern Indian Policing: From Mansabdari to Constabulary.  In M.R. Haberfeld & Ibrahim Cerrah, eds.  Comparative Policing: The Struggle for Democratization.  pp.  269–81.  London: Sage Publications, 2008.

HV7921.C6443
http://lccn.loc.gov/2007029724

Horner, David, Peter Londey, & Jean Bou, eds.  Australian Peacekeeping: Sixty Years in the Field.  333 pp.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

JZ6377.A8A97 2009
http://lccn.loc.gov/2009278882

Koplow, David A.  Non-Lethal Weapons: The Law and Policy of Revolutionary Technologies for the Military and Law Enforcement.  194 pp.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

K3661.K67 2006
http://lccn.loc.gov/2005028816

Koplow, David A.  Tangled up in Khaki and Blue: Lethal and Non-Lethal Weapons in Recent Confrontations.  6 Georgetown Journal of International Law.  pp. 703–808.  2004–2005.

K12.A92
http://lccn.loc.gov/2004250066

Long, Matt & Stuart Cullen.  United Kingdom: Democratic Policing – Global Change from a Comparative PerspectiveIn M.R. Haberfeld & Ibrahim Cerrah, eds.  Comparative Policing: The Struggle for Democratization.  pp.  277–302.  London: Sage Publications, 2008.

HV7921.C6443
http://lccn.loc.gov/2007029724

Lutterbeck, Derek.  Between Police and Military: The New Security Agenda and the Rise of Gendarmeries.  39 Cooperation and Conflict.  pp. 45–68.  March 2004.  [Europe.]

DL55.C66
http://lccn.loc.gov/2011205150

Momodu, Basil.  Law, Rules and Procedures of Criminal Investigation in Nigeria.  630 pp.  Benin City, Nigeria: Evergreen Overseas Publications Limited, 2013.

In process.
http://lccn.loc.gov/2014380407

Waddington, P.A.J. & Malcom Hamilton.  The Impotence of the Powerful: Recent British Police Weapons Policy.  31 Sociology.  pp. 91–109.  February 1997.

HM1.S73
http://lccn.loc.gov/73012649

Wilkinson, Frederick.  Those Entrusted with Arms: The Police, Post, Prison, Customs and Private Use of Weapons in Britain.  294 pp.  London: Greenhill, 2002.

HV7936.E7W49 2002
http://lccn.loc.gov/2003274025

Vernon, Julia & Des Berwick, eds.  Asia Pacific Police Technology Conference: Proceedings of a Conference Held 12–14 November 1991.  225 pp.  Canberra, Australian Institute of Criminology, 1993.

HV8280.A2A85 1991
http://lccn.loc.gov/94171587

Zaychenko, Vladimir A. & Simon N. Verdun-Jones.  Police Use of Conducted Energy Weapons: A Review of the Canadian Jurisprudence.  49 Alberta Law Review.  pp. 149–75. July 2011.

KE12.A42
http://lccn.loc.gov/cn76300348

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United States

Capital Needs Assessment Survey of Municipal Police and Fire Departments: The Caron-Jajuga Report: A Report to the Legislature.  71 pp.  Boston: Public Safety Committee, 1994.

HV8145.M4C36 1994
http://lccn.loc.gov/95620800

Celli, Melissa A.  Jumping the Gun: Can Municipalities Be Held Liable Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for Failing to Provide Police Officers with Less Lethal Weapons?  39 Suffolk University Law Review.  pp. 185–205.  2005.

K23.U343
http://lccn.loc.gov/00207471

DeMichele, Matthew T. & Peter B. Kraska.  Community Policing in Battle Garb: A Paradox or Coherent Strategy?  In Peter B. Kraska, ed.  Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System.  pp.  82–101.  Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.

HV8138.M48 2001
http://lccn.loc.gov/2001031228

Dunham, Roger G. & Geoffrey P. Alpert, eds.  Critical Issues in Policing: Contemporary Readings.  6th ed.  592 pp.  Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press, 2010.

HV8138.C6973 2010
http://lccn.loc.gov/2012360251

Dunlap, Colonel Charles J.  The Thick Green Line: The Growing Involvement of Military Forces in Domestic Law EnforcementIn Peter B. Kraska, ed.  Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System.  pp.  29–42.  Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.

HV8138.M48 2001
http://lccn.loc.gov/2001031228

Fisher, A. James.  SWAT Madness and the Militarization of the American Police: A National Dilemma.  290 pp.  Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2010.

HV8141.F54 2010
http://lccn.loc.gov/2010018845

Friedman, Eugene J.  Marine Corps Weapons for Police.  47(6) Law and Order.  pp. 33–35.  June 1999.

HV7551.L3
http://lccn.loc.gov/58033766

Haggerty, Kevin D. & Ericon, Richard V.  The Military Technostructures of Policing.  In Peter B. Kraska, ed.  Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System.  pp. 43–64.  Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.

HV8138.M48 2001
http://lccn.loc.gov/2001031228

Hess, Kären Matison, Christine Orthmann & Henry Lim Cho.  Police Operations: Theory and Practice.  6th ed.  586 pp.  Clifton Park, New Jersey: Cengage Learning, 2014.

HV8139.H47 2014
http://lccn.loc.gov/2012941387

Kraska, Peter B.  The Military-Criminal Justice Blur: An IntroductionIn Peter B. Kraska, ed.  Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System.  pp.  3–13.  Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.

HV8138.M48 2001
http://lccn.loc.gov/2001031228

Lankford, Ronald D., ed.  At Issue: Tasers.  109 pp. Detroit: Green Haven Press, 2012.

HV7936.E7T37 2012
http://lccn.loc.gov/2011053374

Meyer, Greg. Nonlethal Weapons Versus Conventional Police Tactics: The Los Angeles Police Department Experience.  In 29 Masters Abstracts International.  125 pp.  Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1991.

Z5055.U49 M3
http://lccn.loc.gov/86643656

Miller, Michael E.  Police Taser Utilization: The Effect of Policy Change.  169 pp.  El Paso, Texas: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2010.

HV8141.M48 2010
http://lccn.loc.gov/2010012812

Needs Assessment of Local Law Enforcement Agencies in Tennessee.  32 pp.  Nashville: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Statistical Analysis Center, 1993.

HV8145.T2N44 1993
http://lccn.loc.gov/94620591

Police Use of Force, Tasers and Other Less-Lethal Weapons.  19 pp. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, 2011.

HV8080.A6P588 2011
http://lccn.loc.gov/2011451100

Rahall, Karena.  The Green to Blue Pipeline: Defense Contractors and the Police Industrial Complex.  Social Science Research Network. August 20, 2014.

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2484885
[free registration required for full text]

Rahtz, Howard.  Understanding Police Use of Force.  159 pp. Monsey, New York: Criminal Justice Press, 2003.

HV8142.R35 2003
http://lccn.loc.gov/2003536654

Sussman, Aaron.  Shocking the Conscience: What Police Tasers and Weapon Technology Reveal About Excessive Force Law.  59 UCLA Law Review.  pp.  1342–1415.  June 2012.

K25.C152
http://lccn.loc.gov/59021081

Williams, Jimmy J. & Gary Hester.  Sheriff Law Enforcement Officers and the Use of Force.  31 Journal of Criminal Justice.  pp. 373–81.  2003.

HV7231.J62
http://lccn.loc.gov/73646144

Williams, Jimmy J. & David Westall.  SWAT and Non-SWAT Police Officers and the Use of Force.  31 Journal of Criminal Justice.  pp. 469–74.  2003.

HV7231.J62
http://lccn.loc.gov/73646144

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Constance A. Johnson
Senior Legal Research Analyst
September 2014