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Police custody and self-inflicted firearms deaths

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 94

Vicki Dalton
ISBN 0 642 24080 9 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 1998


There were 33 self inflicted firearms deaths in police custody between January 1990 and June 1997. Dalton closely examines the characteristics and precipitating factors leading up to these incidents, highlighting the significant contributing role of depression, domestic altercations and alcohol. The report aims to put in place a procedure for monitoring and reporting on the impact of new firearm regulations introduced by State and Territory Governments in 1996-97; specifically their availability and their use in confrontations with police.


Media release: Self-inflicted firearms deaths in police custody