Law Enforcement Across Cultures: How Culture Impacts the Use of Non-Lethal Weapons

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,946.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-6517
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-072-0456
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-072
Small Business Information
KLEIN ASSOC., INC.
1750 Commerce Center Blvd. North, Fairborn, OH, 45324
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
095201000
Principal Investigator
 Winston Sieck
 Research Associate
 (937) 873-8166
 wsieck@decisionmaking.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Law
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (937) 873-8166
Email: law@decisionmaking.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
While assumptions can be made about the behavior of Westerners in response to law enforcement actions, we cannot assuredly say the same for non-Western cultures. Tactics used for crowd control in the U.S. can be interpreted and responded to much differently in diverse cultures. This Phase I will focus on the differences in cognition across cultures and how these dissimilarities influence how individuals interpret the use of non-lethal weapons. To accomplish this, we will first investigate crowd control techniques currently used in the civil and military law enforcement domains. Using our existing Cultural Lens Model we will make predictions of how these tactics may be perceived in different cultures. The Cultural Lens Model is a framework for understanding, explaining, and potentially predicting reasoning and decision-making behaviors of members of different cultures. This model has been used in a range of domains to develop recommendations for training U.S. forces for missions in multinational environments. We will also leverage our work in sensemaking and decision making to strengthen our understanding of which crowd control techniques may be the most effective across different cultures. Finally, we will explore strategies for training and technologies for building just-in-time training tools for law enforcement personnel.

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