Document Type


Date of Award



Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (SOPA)

Degree Name

Ph.D. in Administration of Justice

Committee Chairperson

Howard Henderson

Committee Member 1

Ihekwoaba D. Onwudiwe

Committee Member 2

David Baker

Committee Member 3

Glenn Johnson


Overuse of Force, Paramilitary Units, Police Brutality, Police Militarization, Police Shootings, SWAT


The role of the police is to maintain social order and safety through the enforcement of law. They investigate, prevent, and detect criminal activity. However, the problem with police protection today is overuse of force which often comes through the term militarism regarding agency tenets and dogma. Also, social media has focused on police overuse of force, exacerbating race riots and retaliatory police killings. Because of this, police reform has become a significant concern, not only in the United States but also abroad. The methodological approach for this dissertation is a quantitative analysis, data used is secondary, statistical procedure is chi square (cross tabulation) and multiple linear regression. This dissertation’s expected findings are to answer whether there is a statistically significant difference in police overuse of force by race and geographic areas; is there a relationship between DHS 1033 Program and violent crimes and property crimes; how accurately can a DHS 1033 Program index be predicted from a linear combination of crime rates?


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