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Responding to Firearm Crime

Watson, Sarah and BOLTON-KING, Rachel (2021) Responding to Firearm Crime. In: Firearms: Global Perspectives on Consequences, Crime and Control. Routledge. ISBN 9780429316951

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This Chapter focuses on the criminal use of firearms and ammunition, the role they play within criminal justice systems and the relevant responses that seek to control their illicit use on both national and international scales. It introduces the diverse scope of firearm-related offences and examines the response from all sectors of the criminal justice system including the role of procedural law, law enforcement, forensic science, forensic-led investigation and the prosecution and sentencing of firearm-related crime in court. This Chapter aims to demonstrate and understand the challenges and complexity that currently exist in the context of fighting firearm-related crime both within and across country borders. In doing so, it seeks to highlight and justify the need for culture change in criminal justice systems across the globe. To more effectively and efficiently detect, investigate and prosecute all forms of firearm-related crime, we need to move towards more holistic and co-operative processes, developing improved communication methods between criminal justice sectors and enhancing individuals’ knowledge and skillsets to maximise the value and use of modern technology. The contribution and role of probation and rehabilitation services are therefore beyond the scope of this Chapter.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Uncontrolled Keywords: law enforcement; firearm crime; response; criminal justice; global; forensic science; investigation; intelligence; legislation; policy;
Faculty: Staffordshire Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Rachel BOLTON-KING
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 11:40
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:02

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