Conflict between police and their communities manifests itself in many ways. Perhaps the most profound type of conflict is one that involves physical violence between the police and the public. Such conflict causes distrust and strains police-community relations and raises concerns about police legitimacy. Consequently, past research has extensively covered police use of force, including detailed case studies and the influence of various factors, including case law, administrative protocol, and the characteristics of the involved parties. However, research on violence against the police has been less prevalent. Even less prevalent has been research on one type of assaults on the police – Ambush Attacks.
IACP, in partnership with the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), is seeking to fill this void in research on ambushes of police and use the knowledge we gain to inform policy, training, and operational practices in U.S. police departments. The project team will review the existing research and literature on the topic; analyze two datasets of assaults on police; present the research review and data analysis to a series of focus groups that comprise leading practitioners and academics specializing in officer safety; and produce and disseminate reports, guides, and other materials based on the research, analysis, and focus group findings in various modes to a large practitioner audience. As a result, we will produce and contribute to:
- The first comprehensive analysis of data on ambush attacks on the police
- A series of practitioner-focused training for preventing and protecting against such attacks
- Policy guidelines for preventing and protecting against ambush attacks
How Can I Help?
To contribute to this critical initiative please send incident and after-action reports of ambush attacks on police to the IACP representative, Ian Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IACP Representative: Ian Hamilton
Phone: 1-800-The-IACP ext. 848
CNA Representative: George Fachner
Funding Agency: Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)