Essay on Use of Force in Law Enforcement

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When a law enforcement officer uses force on a subject it will be classified into one of three main categories which are, justifiable, excessive, and deadly force. The authority for law enforcement officers to use force comes from the United States Constitution (case law), state statutes, and department policy. Law enforcement use of force is very important because it involves the patrolman on the street, the corrections officer in jails and prisons, and the courts where excessive use of force cases are held. Often times while attempting to make an arrest, a law enforcement officer will have to use the appropriate use of force to make the arrest. In some instances the appropriate use of force for some officers will be as simple as the…show more content…
When acting in the capacity of a sworn law enforcement officer section 776.05 of the Florida statutes says, “the officer is justified in the use of force when he or she reasonably believes to be necessary to defend him or herself or another from bodily harm while making the arrest.” As you read, the state doesn’t say how much force an officer can use but goes on to say “when he or she reasonably believes to be necessary.” To become certified as a law enforcement officer in Florida as a corrections or police officer one will have to attend a basic recruit training program. While in the basic recruit course students will attend a two week, eighty hour course called criminal justice defensive tactics that has a universal curriculum for corrections and police officers across Florida. Defensive tactics and others courses during the academy are referred to as “high liability courses” due to the fact that while applying them as a law enforcement officer, the officer takes on a liability. In this course students will learn about the use of force in law enforcement, case laws, and other topics that will teach them how to make the appropriate decision when using force. Deadly Force To a majority of society, law enforcement officers are viewed as the protectors of society. Due to the fact that officers provide a service to the community they could be placed in a position
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