Attempted suspect-provoked shootings in Victoria: prevalence and characteristics

Kesic, D and Thomas, S 2017, 'Attempted suspect-provoked shootings in Victoria: prevalence and characteristics', Policing, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 704-718.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Attempted suspect-provoked shootings in Victoria: prevalence and characteristics
Author(s) Kesic, D
Thomas, S
Year 2017
Journal name Policing
Volume number 40
Issue number 4
Start page 704
End page 718
Total pages 15
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the prevalence of attempted suspect-provoked shootings (SPS) in Victoria, Australia, and explore nonlethal tactics police officers use to resolve such incidents. Design/methodology/approach: A random sample of 20 percent of police-attended incidents was sourced from a police contact-based database. The narrative of each incident was coded using established criteria for suicide-by-cop. Incidents that met the criteria were further analyzed to elucidate historical and situational characteristics. To supplement these data, operational police officers were invited to participate in a survey about particulars of an attempted SPS incident that they had attended and resolved non-fatally. Findings: Police are encountering these incidents up to three times a week in Victoria, Australia. While they engage in a range of tactics, police report that communication and negotiation skills are the most effective means of successful resolution. Research limitations/implications: Although the survey attempted to correct for the potential limitations of using administrative data for research purposes, its weakness is in the modest sample size that utilizes self-report data that may lead to recall biases. Further research would benefit from using complementary methodologies that seek to examine police tactics and elucidate decision-making processes using video-based or written vignettes. Practical implications: Officers awareness of both the commonalty of this phenomenon and of the important situational characteristics may lead to greater skill and confidence in managing these. Originality/value: This is one of the very few published studies investigating prevalence and characteristics of attempted SPS incidents.
Subject Mental Health
Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Keyword(s) Attempted suspect-provoked shooting
Police tactics
Suicide-by-cop
Use of force
DOI - identifier 10.1108/PIJPSM-04-2016-0050
Copyright notice © 2017, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
ISSN 1363-951X
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