Dror, Itiel E.
Perception of risk and the decision to use force
Policing, 1, (3), . (doi:10.1093/police/pam041).
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The quality of policing depends on making sound decisions. Many cognitive factors are involved
in decision making and these must be understood and harnessed so as to enhance the quality of decisions
taken by police officers. In this paper, I discuss two different decision-making systems (deliberative and
experiential), and how decision factors (such as complexity), internal factors (such as expectations), and
external factors (such as time pressure) all come together in deciding whether or not to use force. Providing
proper training and correctly utilising technology can enhance an officer’s ability to make sound decisions.
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