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Managing Use Of Force 2


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Managing Use Of Force 2

  1. 1. Managing the Use of Force <ul><li>Group B Power Point Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Created on June 10 th 2007 </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  2. 2. Mission <ul><li>The purpose of this briefing is provide insight into the use of force, research and identify effective ways for leaders to deal with the use of force and its ethical issues. </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  3. 3. Outline <ul><li>Definition of the use of force </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Force Training </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Force Continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Officer Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Force Lawsuits </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  4. 4. Outline <ul><li>Improper Implementation of the use of force </li></ul><ul><li>Training documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  5. 5. Use of Force Definition <ul><li>The “Use of Force Continuum” is a standard that provides law enforcement officials with guidelines as to how much force may be used against a resisting subject in a given situation. It is primarily used as a training tool for law officers. It consists of Six Levels. </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  6. 6. Use of Force Training <ul><li>Efficient and realistic training develops the Officer’s ability to employ the use of force lawfully. </li></ul><ul><li>Training programs should focus on current information on methods and techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Scenario based training is paramount to providing a realistic training situation </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  7. 7. Use of Force Continuum <ul><li>Presence </li></ul><ul><li>Verbalization </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance Techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Lethal Force </li></ul><ul><li>Lethal Force </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  8. 8. Leader Responsibilities <ul><li>Establish a clearly defined policy </li></ul><ul><li>Review all use of force incidents </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure officers receive quality training in the use of force </li></ul><ul><li>Review and update policies </li></ul><ul><li>Set the example and make on the spot corrections </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  9. 9. Officer Responsibilities <ul><li>Thoroughly know and understand use of force policies </li></ul><ul><li>Correctly implement the use of force continuum </li></ul><ul><li>Report all incidents on the use of force </li></ul><ul><li>Treat all citizens with respect and dignity </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  10. 10. Ethical Concerns <ul><li>Officers must not cross the line and use excessive force </li></ul><ul><li>Small infractions lead to major infractions </li></ul><ul><li>Community cooperation requires strict adherence to proper use of force </li></ul><ul><li>Any infractions breaks the trust and confidence of citizens and the community </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  11. 11. Use of Force Lawsuits <ul><li>Tennessee v. Garner in 1985 leading case </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive use of force is unethical </li></ul><ul><li>Exposes police to civil and criminal liability </li></ul><ul><li>Lawsuits alleging the use of force, can be filed as state claims or federal claims </li></ul><ul><li>Use of force to detain a citizen is a seizure and is thus governed by the 4 th Amendment </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  12. 12. Improper use of force <ul><li>Officers need to be aware of the State and Federal laws imposed by the Supreme Court and local agency policies which dictate the consequences for Improper Use of Force. </li></ul><ul><li>Improper Use of Force will always leave a negative reputation on the officer and their department in the eyes of the communities they serve. </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  13. 13. Improper Use Cont. <ul><li>There will always be a high cost in both medical bills to victims, and law suits for the officers which will leave a burden on the public in the form of high tax dollars that will be generated to defend officers in lawsuits for issues dealing with Improper Use of Force.  </li></ul><ul><li>Improper Use of Force will never be tolerated by police departments and the community who will ensure that the officer will be brought to justice for any negative actions from improper implementations in the levels of force used against individuals in the course of their duties. </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  14. 14. Training Documentation <ul><li>Ensure all training is properly documented </li></ul><ul><li>Officers must certify on a quarterly basis </li></ul><ul><li>for the following: </li></ul><ul><li>firearms, non lethal use of force, restraint techniques, defense techniques (PAR/ACTS), handgun retention, situational/resistance control </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B
  15. 15. Recommendations <ul><li>Develop proper use of force policy that follows the continuum </li></ul><ul><li>In depth training, certification and documentation of training on use of force </li></ul><ul><li>Review all use of force incidents </li></ul><ul><li>Take immediate action on violations </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage reporting of violations </li></ul>08/24/09 Group Project Team B