Race and support for police use of force: findings from the UK

Event date
16 November 2022
Event time
11:00 - 12:30
Oxford week
MT 6
Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Dr Arabella Kyprianides - Research Fellow at UCL Institute for Global Policing

Notes & Changes

This talk was originally scheduled for the 9th of November, but due to speaker illness has been rearranged for the 16th of November. 


Microsoft Teams Platform link to the talk below:




The use of force is arguably the defining feature of police. Yet this power is often controversial: a key node in the contest and debate that almost always swirls around police, with the question of race never far from such contestation. In this paper, the influence of race is considered in responses to use of force incidents among British-based individuals. This research explores the influence of suspect race in how people respond to police use of force; tests the interaction between participant ethnicity and suspect race; and attempts to understand what attitudes and beliefs influence how people respond to police use of force. The research discusses how the strongest predictor of acceptance of police use of force is trust in police, and, controlling for other relevant predictors, racial prejudice was also a significant positive predictor of acceptance of use of force. This is the first study of its kind to be fielded in the UK.

This 40-minute talk will take place via Microsoft Teams, with 15 - 20 minutes afterwards for questions.

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