Professor Bill Terrill on police use of deadly force issues

News_B.Terrill2_Oct2014Professor Bill Terrill has spoken in a recent series of TV, radio, and newspaper interviews on police use of deadly force issues. His research centers on police behavior, with an emphasis on police use of force policies and practices. Outlets that contacted Dr. Terrill include: Lansing State Journal, New Scientist, British Broadcasting Company, The San Antonio Express, and Wall Street Journal. Please see full list below.

  Printed and online
The Los Angeles Times, December 30, 2014. “Police Officer Deaths Rise in 2014, with Firearms the Leading Cause.
The Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2014. “When Tragedy Leaves Divide
Sputniknews.com, December 14, 2014. “Too Much Focus on Police vs Citizen Safety in U.S.: Analysts.
Al Jazeera.com, December 14, 2014. “Enough is Enough: U.S. Anti-Racism Protests.
Lansing State Journal, December 11, 2014. “When is Deadly Force Justified?
New Scientist, December 10, 2014. “Why are US Police so Prone to Violence?
San Antonio Express News, November 26, 2014. “San Antonians protest Ferguson grand jury decision
 Broadcasts (radio and television)

British Broadcasting Company (BBC), December 5, 2014. World News. (On-air -Television).
British Broadcasting Company (BBC), December 5, 2014. National Radio.
British Broadcasting Company (BBC), December 5, 2014. Scotland News. (On-air -Television).
France 24, December 5, 2014. “Police Brutality.” (On-air -Television).

Dr. Terrill was recently assigned to The Division of Policing, American Society of Criminology, Ad Hoc Committee to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Division of Policing seeks to advance theory, knowledge and practice in policing through rigorous research and evaluation. The Division recognizes the fundamental importance of the police for maintaining order, protecting civil liberties, and enhancing public safety in free societies. It is committed to advancing the science of policing, testing innovation in the field, and promoting excellence in practice through translational activities. These goals can be achieved by facilitating a dialogue and building partnerships among policing scholars, practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and students of policing.

Terrill is also in the final stages of Assessing Police Use of Force Policy and Outcomes study, which examined varying use of force issues across 8 cities. To date, numerous publications have resulted from data collected on this project, including:

  • 14 peer review journal articles, several of which have appeared in top ranked outlets such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Police Quarterly.
  • 2 MSU SCJ doctoral student dissertations (Jason Ingram and Mike Rossler)
  • Published a book titled Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job (Eugene Paoline and William Terrill) by Carolina Academic Press.