Shooting to Kill?: Policing, Firearms and Armed Response

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Shooting to Kill? Policing, Firearms and Armed Response explores the dilemma of armed response policing in the UK, and policing in a gun culture.
  • Offers the first critical exploration of the ACPO code of guidance on Police Use of Firearms and other tactical manuals
  • Includes interviews with senior police firearms managers and critical case studies of police firearms incidents
  • Features the first in-depth, academic analysis of the Stockwell shooting incident and the Kratos policy
  • Provides a review of key developments in armed response policing around the world
  • Describes the crucial phases in armed response policy development in Britain and explores the consequences of arming the police
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About the author

Peter Squires is Professor of Criminology and Public Policy at the University of Brighton. He has published a number of books, including Gun Culture or Gun Control and Community Safety. Squires’ recent work has focused upon gun crime and policing, and gangs and anti-social behaviour.

Peter Kennison was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex University. He was also Undergraduate Programme Leader for Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Policing. Kennison was a police officer in London for over 25 years.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Aug 24, 2010
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Psychology / Forensic Psychology
Psychology / General
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Every year around three-quarters of a million people die (directly or indirectly) as a result of gun violence, with most deaths occurring in the poorest, yet also most highly weaponized parts of the world. Firearm proliferation -- 875 million global firearms -- is a direct contributor to both regional conflicts and to crime. This book attempts to understand the inter-related dynamics of supply and demand which are weaponizing the world.

Now over ten years after Peter Squires’s Gun Culture or Gun Control?, the issues pertaining to gun violence and gun control have developed dramatically. With Gun Crime in Global Contexts, Peter Squires offers a cutting-edge account of contemporary developments in the politics of gun crime and the social and theoretical issues that surround the problem. This book contains:

an innovative political analysis of neo-liberal globalization and weapon proliferation;

an overview of recent gun control debates and gang strategies in the UK;

an updated analysis of US gun politics: self-defence, race and the ‘culture war’;

a critical analysis of US school and rampage shootings, how they have impacted the gun debate and how different societies have responded to mass shootings;

an examination of the UN's development of an Arms Trade Treaty (2001--13);

a discussion of weapon trafficking;

discussions about youth gangs around the world, including those in Brazil, Kenya, West Africa, Mexico and South Africa.

With its interdisciplinary perspective and global reach, this book will be important reading for academics and students interested in youth and gang crime, violent crime and comparative criminal justice, as well as peace and security studies and international relations.

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From a relatively modest background, Herschel Prins rose to become a leading authority on forensic work with offenders suffering from mental disorder.

In this frank and heartfelt account, he traces his journey from ‘main grade’ probation officer, Home Office civil servant, trainer and inspector to top level positions within academic institutions (notably at Leicester University and Loughborough University), with the Parole Board, key nationwide committees, inquiries and beyond.

His ‘reflections’ on a life geared to enhancing knowledge and understanding in this sphere contain unique insights for practitioners and general readers alike - and words of wisdom for the Criminal Justice System as it enters the second decade of the 21st century.

Praise for Herschel Prins

‘In a field prone to disappointment and disillusion he continues to stimulate and inspire’: Sir Michael Day OBE

‘I can think of no-one more instrumental at the pivotal meeting point of crime, criminal justice and mental disorder’: Andrew Rutherford

‘A monument to unassertive sanity’: Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC

‘One of my heroes’: David Wilson

From the Foreword
'Herschel has spent his professional life working with the troubled and the troublesome, the unloved (and the often unlovely) where the consistent theme of his work has been to combine the practical with an awareness of what is possible when one works with mentally disordered offenders. Why choose that life and these clients? What demands has that choice made on him, his family, his colleagues? . . . Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know … sets out to answer these – and other – questions': David Wilson
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