Law Enforcement Of The Police Officer

1520 Words Oct 1st, 2016 7 Pages
The amount of effort that is required by law enforcement to persuade compliance by an unwilling subject is a description of use of force. There is not just one definition for use of force. A majority of the law enforcement agencies carry policies that define their use of force. Included in these policies is the actions that an officer can have to undertake in a situation. Whenever an officer has to use force, they need to understand and know what the appropriate force needed at the time. To help guide the officers, agencies have a Use-of-Force Continuum. They must take the continuum one step at a time. One officer, in the appropriate situation, may jump steps and end up on the bottom of the continuum. The steps start out as officer presence, verbalization, and empty-hand control. Then the less-lethal methods and lethal force. Officer presence is the ideal force to use in a situation to get it resolved. This step in the continuum uses no force at all. The existence of the police officer being there usually works to prevent crime from happening or continuing. Usually the presence of the law enforcement officer embraces the uniform and marked vehicle. If an officer presents himself or herself in a manner that is professional and without an attitude, the officer presence will be enough. Although some criminals do not care whether the police officer has a nonthreatening attitude, the officer should always try using no force at all. After officer presence is employed and it…
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