Monday, August 1, 2011

Peel Force

“Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.” So almost 200 years ago, Sir Robert Peel was giving us advice on the use of force and the escalation of force. Use force when Persuasion is insufficient, ask the person to comply, start with a low level and move to greater force only when needed.

Advice is given that tells the suspect what they should be doing in the specific circumstances.

Finally, before the use of force issue a warning to the suspect. You will be arrested or shot or sprayed with pepper spray if you don’t stop that. Just as we do today, we would rather use verbal commands than escalate to actual physical force. We have more force options than Sir Robert and his Coppers ever dreamed of using. The Taser, and pepper spray and other less lethal weapons are a major improvement over the truncheon. But the impact weapon is still an important part of our arsenal. Sometimes beating someone is the only reasonable way to gain compliance.

Sir Robert also talks about using only the physical force that is necessary to resort order, so even when force is used there are limits to it. We beat someone with the baton until they comply with our instructions, not simply until they are unconscious. We use force to accomplish a goal of capturing lawbreakers or restoring civil order from unrest, that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

Had a situation here in Ft. Wayne where a disturbed person had a gun and was walking the street AT NIGHT (didn't shoot at anyone), and when the police showed up, he refused to comply, and they shot him (ten rounds expended, two struck the victim).
He's in serious condition and charges will be filed. The officers are on ADMIN leave.

That would be a hard one to call, unless they had beanbag or X-REP rounds for the 12 gauge.
Maybe some low-light training???

Roll safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Good reason for everyone to carry a Taser, one officer covers with a gun and the other one uses the Taser.