Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Criminal Justice

Advisor/Committee Chair

Robert Worden


The objective of this study was to determine whether firing a weapon and causing bodily harm to a suspect is a traumatic experience for a police officer, which leads to PTSD. The research used a multi-­‐methodical approach consisting of both surveys and interviews of police officers that fit the population of interest. No original empirical research was conducted due to resource constraints but the study is designed to test for a hypothesized positive correlation between PTSD and deadly force. PTSD is a serious problem amongst those who are exposed to dangerous situations and this research is designed to figure out how to stop it and help those affected.