Use of Force Policy Essay

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Purpose: This policy was created to educate police officers on the use and restrictions of force when placed in difficult situations. This policy will also explain how to distinguish lethal from non lethal tactics and weaponry. We want for them to exercise good judgment and caution when apprehending suspects; not only for their own safety, but the safety of others.
Section I: Definition of Lethal/Non Lethal Force
1). Lethal Force is when a police officer kills or causes seriously bodily harm to someone by some action on his or her part. Examples are below as followed: a). Shooting someone b). Knocking someone down c) Beating them to death d) Restriction of air flow during detaining the suspect.
2). Non lethal force is
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c). The officer must believe that if they do not arrest the suspect immediately, he or she might cause injury or death to someone else.
2). When police departments and/or the courts try to decide whether lethal force was warranted, they take many things into consideration.
a). It must have been the most reasonable choice an officer had at the time and for the circumstances when he or she lethal force. It must be that the officer feels he or she had no other options.
b). Severity of the offense the suspect was committing and how much of a threat they were to the officer and other citizens is evaluated.
c). It also matters if the suspect was trying to resist arrest or trying to flee.
3). If the crime is a misdemeanor, the police officers can only kill a suspect in self-defense. If the crime is a felony, the office can use whatever level of force is necessary to arrest the suspect. It must always be shown that lethal force was necessary. Section III. Police Training on lethal/non-lethal weapons
Non-lethal weapons enhancing security and protect the life of law enforcement officers during emergency situation while on duty. Proper training and learning the procedures on non-lethal weapons can save lives and prevent serious injuries amongst the police and suspect.
1). Training for non-lethal weapons is the most painful experience law enforcements must go through. Although with the public, it is not
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