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Controlling the use of force: an evaluation of street‐level narcotics interdiction in Miami

Roger G. Dunham (University of Miami)
Geoffrey P. Alpert (University of South Carolina)

American Journal of Police

ISSN: 0735-8547

Article publication date: 1 April 1995

Abstract

In the wake of the Rodney King incident, considers how police can be trained to use force in order to maintain civic control while ensuring that this authority is not used inappropriately. Outlines significant methods to control police force: more selective recruitment; establishment of policies and procedures consonant with civic values; police socialization and training; supervision and accountability. Reports on a drug enforcement program, in Metro‐Dade Police Department, which achieved great success with minimal use of force, due to stringent selection, a problem‐solving approach, strategic and tactical training and deployment of officers to give a show of force.

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Dunham, R.G. and Alpert, G.P. (1995), "Controlling the use of force: an evaluation of street‐level narcotics interdiction in Miami", American Journal of Police, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 83-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/07358549510799107

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