‘A wicked problem’? risk assessment and decision-making when licensing possession and use of firearms in Greater London

Bryant, R. and Arditti, R. (2018) ‘A wicked problem’? risk assessment and decision-making when licensing possession and use of firearms in Greater London. The Police Journal.

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Abstract

This paper analyses the risk assessment and decision-making used by a police force to assess the suitability of a person to own a firearm. The decision to grant a firearms licence has many characteristics of a ‘wicked problem’. Firearms Enquiries Officers (FEOs) in the police force concerned primarily use professional judgement to solve this problem, employing various forms of reasoning and heuristics, but potentially also prone to cognitive bias.

We conclude with some observations on how training of FEOs and their supervisors in risk assessment and decision-making might be further developed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Firearms licensing; police risk assessment; police decision-making
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Professor Robin Bryant
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 10:25
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 12:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17604

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