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An Introduction to Police Militarization

  • Frederick W. TurnerII
  • Bryanna Fox
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Abstract

This chapter describes the history and use of SWAT teams, the use of DHS grant money, and the Pentagon’s 1033 Program to allow police departments (PDs) across the country to acquire military-grade equipment and weaponry in a practice otherwise known as police militarization. In this chapter, the history of police militarization is reviewed, along with significant events such as the “War on Drugs” and “War on Terror” that have shaped law enforcement operations in the United States. The research was intended to obtain a better grasp of the perceptions of police militarization among key stakeholders to include Congress, police executives, and police officers and how these perceptions may perhaps shape future policy and practice.

Keywords

Police militarization Policing 1033 Program SWAT Military 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick W. TurnerII
    • 1
  • Bryanna Fox
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate SchoolKeiser UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Department of CriminologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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