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Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 25–36 | Cite as

A cognitive model of firearms policing

  • Emma L. Kavanagh
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Abstract

The performance of police firearms teams must be efficient and accurate—anything else could result in the death of the officers or those they are tasked with protecting. However, there are a wide range of cognitive factors that impact the way in which these officers perform, many of which are not taken into account while planning tactical operations or during the investigations that follow. This paper considers the role of these cognitive factors in firearms policing, looking at their impacts on officer actions/reactions and the ways in which these effects may be counteracted.

Keywords

Criminal Psychology Threat Assessment Automatic Behavior Attentional Narrowing Weapon Focus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kavanagh Consultancy Services, Ltd.SwanseaWales

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