Use of Force Continuum Essay

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A '''use of force continuum''' is a standard that affords law enforcement officials & security officers (police, probation, or corrections) with guidelines as to how much use of force may be used against a repelling subject in a given situation. In certain ways it is similar to the military’s escalation of force. The reason of these models is to clarify, both for officers and citizens, the complex subject of use of force by law officers. They are often vital parts of law enforcement agencies' use of force policies. Although various agencies have developed different models of the continuum, there is no universal standard model (Stetser, 2001, p. 36)

The initial examples of use of force continuum were developed in the 1980s and early
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Hard controls includes the use of tools such as hand-cuffs, while soft controls compares to empty hand techniques, describing techniques where the officer must engage a resisting detainee. When escalating, intended submission to cuffs is a feasible way to prevent the need for empty hand submission techniques which place the officer and the detainee at physical risk. When decreasing, hard controls (i.e.: cuffs and isolation in the rear seat of a cruiser) gives officers a reasonable and achievable goal after a dispute with a detainee during which higher levels of force may have been mandatory.

1. Physical Presence: Depending on the entirety of the conditions, a call/situation may require additional officers or an on scene officer may request assistance in order to gain better control of the situation and gain more safety for themselves. Depending on the circumstances of the situation: for example, depending how many people are on scene with the officer determines if a larger presence is required. However, if ten officers arrive at a scene with only a single suspect, the suspect may perceive he is under arrest; as a large police presence can constitute an arrest based on the suspect's perceptions.

2. Verbal Commands: “Stop!”; “Put the gun down!”; “Please calm down.”

3. Soft Control: Empty-hand combat technique or PPCT (Pressure Point Control Techniques)

4. Hard Control: Intermediate Weapons (i.e.: baton , Taser, OC Spray, etc.)

5. Deadly Force. That force
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