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Police custody and self-inflicted firearms deaths

ISSN: 
0817-8542

Abstract

There were 33 self inflicted firearms deaths in police custody between January 1990 and June 1997. Dalton closely examines the characteristics and precipitating factors leading up to these incidents, highlighting the significant contributing role of depression, domestic altercations and alcohol. The report aims to put in place a procedure for monitoring and reporting on the impact of new firearm regulations introduced by State and Territory Governments in 1996-97; specifically their availability and their use in confrontations with police.

References

Media release: Self-inflicted firearms deaths in police custody

Cite article

Dalton V. 1998. Police custody and self-inflicted firearms deaths. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 94. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi094