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Your Call: How do police forces around the world deescalate conflict?


On the May 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what we can learn from police forces in other countries. Last year, British police fired their weapons just three times. Most police officers in Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand don’t carry guns, even when they’re on patrol. President Obama recently banned the sale of military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. How will this affect how US police handle conflict? What other changes should be made? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 


Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Jim Waddington, professor of social science at the University of Wolverhampton in England 

Web resources:

CBS: Vacationing Swedish Police Officers Break Up Fight on NYC Subway

BBC News: Why British Police Don’t Have Guns

WaPo: 5 Countries Where Police Officers Don’t Carry Firearms – and it Works Well

The Economist: Armed Police -- Trigger Happy

Wa Po: Obama Moves to Demilitarize America’s Police

NY Times: Police in Cleveland Accept Tough Standards on Force