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Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, announce the first in a series of online discussions highlighting innovative practices in public safety.

Less-lethal technologies were developed to provide law enforcement and corrections personnel with an alternative to lethal force. They are designed to temporarily incapacitate, confuse or delay citizens in a variety of situations. These technologies include blunt trauma devices, chemical, electrical, and energy devices and vehicle stopping mechanisms. While these technologies have generally been welcomed by law enforcement and corrections officers, a number of issues have been raised regarding proper use. During discussion, we will inventory the operational issues, and talk about resources, research and potential solutions.

The discussion will be introduced by Assistant U.S. Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels and Stephen Goldsmith, Professor of Government, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Chuck Wexler, Police Executive Research Forum executive director, will be moderating.

Discussants are:

  • Thomas H. Streicher, Cincinnati Chief of Police;
  • R. Gil Kerlikowske, Seattle Chief of Police;
  • Robert Kaminski, Professor, University of South Carolina; and
  • David Klinger, Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis
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