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Behind the BDU: The Insider’s View of Police Militarization

Behind the BDU: The Insider’s View of Police Militarization

    Scott W. Phillips
  • Scott W. Phillips
    Scott W. Phillips, PhD
  • Sep 05, 2019
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm EST
Individual Fee:
  • $95.00 per registered attendee
Group Rate:
  • $95.00 for the first attendee - $25.00 per each additional attendee
Training Room Special:
  • $500 This fee will allow for up to 40 attendees to participate in the webinar

The police play a complex role in American society.  A basic characteristic of policing is that they function to overcome resistance when dealing with a non-criminal task, an order maintenance issue, or a criminal event.  The subject of police militarization as a tool for overcoming resistance peaked in 2014 primarily because of the police actions in Ferguson, MO. The use of armored vehicles, military-style uniforms, and rifles prompted a national conversation of the seemingly growing use of a militarized approach within policing.  

Appearance seems to be the dominant rational for characterizing the police as being militarized.  What was missing from the debate was a deeper understanding of police militarization from the perspective of those within law enforcement.


Course Objectives:

  • Review the origins and accuracy of the term “police militarization.”  
  • Understand the research examining the issue of militarization from a historical perspective, and the outlook of police chiefs and tactical officers.
  • Understand the themes uncovered from the research that can function as pragmatic considerations for law enforcement agencies in their use of tactical equipment.
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