Weapons

Weapons

Nonlethal Weapons

In line with Steve Ijames

about Weapons in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Today, police officers are being called upon more often to resolve dangerous situations outside of their conventional training and technology. The incidents that challenge traditional problem-solving capabilities vary, and include such things as People who call for police “assistance” when attempting suicide Noncompliant armed subjects who do not create a direct threat Historically, officers facing such tactical dilemmas had few options between verbal challenges and deadly force. As a result, police agencies have begun adopting a variety of tools to assist in such endeavors, and three of the more common are pepper spray, impact projectiles, and electromuscular disruption systems. Since 1923 and the creation of the first civilian chemical munitions company, law enforcement has sought out methods, tools, tactics, and techniques to assist with subduing violent individuals through “less than deadly” force. During the turbulent 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson created a Blue Ribbon Commission to study crime and violence.

Weapons

In line with Lois Pilant Grossman

about Weapons in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

There is a peculiar axiom that has driven the development of weapons and the tactics of war, and it is that each advance will far exceed its predecessor in size, complexity, or ruthlessness. Thus is weapons development an asymmetrical activity, invariably going far beyond what one imagines will be the next incarnation, and appearing to break all of the written and unwritten rules of engagement. This has been true throughout human history, as stone weapons gave way to metal, and metal ceded the field to firearms, which laid the foundation for the nuclear bomb. Weapons development began even before the beginning of civilization, when humans had yet to appear and animals were either born with or developed the ability to attack and defend themselves. Humankind was no different-creating and refining the ability to survive through the development of weapons and the means to defend against those that were developed.

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