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Toward a Lethal Force Monitor: Enhancing State Accountability for Loss of Life in Law Enforcement

1 January 2020 - 31 October 2020

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Abi Dymond, Professor Stephen Skinner, Professor Brian Rappert

Research partners: The University of Ghent; the Netherlands Police Academy; an independent French policing consultant.

Funding awarded: $78924

Sponsor(s): Open Society Foundations

About the research

This project focuses on the use of lethal force in policing and law enforcement operations in Western Europe, and specifically in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. It investigates the availability, types, bases and extent of data about deaths occurring in the context of the use of force in such operations. Its key aim is to support the production of detailed, reliable, and publicly accessible information for each individual death and deaths overall in a jurisdiction as a necessary step towards ensuring the accountability of law enforcement agencies.