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Police Response to Civil Disturbances: Understanding Strengths, Challenges, and Organizational Learning through After Action Reports

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $642,315)

This study will provide both a broad understanding of the content of After-Action Reviews (AARs) of law enforcement response to civil disturbances as well as a deep understanding of how agencies respond to these reviews. In addition, CNA will analyze community reactions to policing during civil disturbances using social media sentiment analysis to understand whether certain response approaches are more or less likely to result in positive or negative community and media sentiment or escalation of events. The study will combine qualitative analysis of AARs, social media sentiment analysis for selected events, and a series of mixed methods case studies. The project will produce a number of direct recommendations for law enforcement policy and practice for local law enforcement organizations and the communities they serve, as well as for future research and practice in criminal justice.  "Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law," and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR  200.210(a)(14). CA/NCF

Date Created: October 22, 2021