Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Vince Webb


Proactive Weaponry Planning: A Systemic Policy Formulation Model for Law Enforcement Agencies deals with the process through which taxonomies of criteria maybe developed to designate effective weaponry to be utilized in a variety of law enforcement confrontations. The study conceptualizes current academic and technical formulation methodologies (classic and reactive weaponry planning). An alternative paradigm termed proactive weaponry planning (PWP) in which criteria definition predates weaponry analysis is then postulated. Proactive weaponry planning is a five-phase open systems perspective which initially incorporates a delineated agency role model based upon extra-agency and inter-departmental multiple access channels of communication. Weaponry criteria are seen as contingent upon confrontational needs which are in turn a factor of the derived agency role model. The initial three phases impact in a linear systemic flow upon specified weapons and their analysis. It is the initial triad within the model which forms the thrust of the analysis, for it is within this segment of the paradigm that significant and far-reaching policy decisions are formulated. Paramilitaristic uniform patrol is employed as an exemplar to illustrate the planning methodology. The treatise concludes with discussion of investigation priorities essential to precise definitions of law enforcement confrontational needs and proposes additional typologies for examination in light of the proactive methodology.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Kevin Parsons February, 1976