Cover: Evaluation of the New York City Police Department Firearm Training and Firearm-Discharge Review Process

Evaluation of the New York City Police Department Firearm Training and Firearm-Discharge Review Process

Published Jun 1, 2008

by Bernard D. Rostker, Lawrence M. Hanser, William M. Hix, Carl Jensen, Andrew R. Morral, Greg Ridgeway, Terry L. Schell

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In January 2007, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly wanted to make sure that his department was doing everything necessary to minimize the unnecessary discharge of firearms. He asked the RAND Corporation to examine the quality and completeness of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) firearm-training program and identify potential improvements in the design and delivery of the curriculum, the technology used, the frequency and duration of training sessions, the tactics and procedures on which the training is based, and the police department's firearm-discharge review process. This monograph reports the observations, findings, and recommendations of that study.

The research described in this monograph was conducted under the auspices of the RAND Center on Quality Policing within the Safety and Justice Program of RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE).

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