The Structure of Officer-Involved Shootings: Investigating the Social Transmission of Firearm Use


Marie Ouellet, PhD, Dean Dabney, PhD, Sadaf Hashimi, and PISC Postdoctoral Fellow Jason Gravel, PhD, have been awarded a grant by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence to examine how officers' informal networks and working relationships shape behaviors and attitudes toward firearm use.

The study led by Drs. Ouellet and Dabney will analyze the social structure of a police department, and assess ethnographic claims that excessive force tends to cluster among subsets of tightly knit officers. They will also investigate whether interactions between officers promote the diffusion of behaviors and attitudes associated with officer-involved shootings to identify the exposure factors that both increase and mitigate the risk of involvement in firearm use behaviors.

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