Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Policy that is law enforcement specific should provide officers with the greatest latitude, commensurate with the law in your jurisdiction.  Use of force policy, for example, should not unduly restrict officers to substantially less force than the law permits.

Language used in policy should be similar to that used in the law, and based on best practices.  Use of force should be reasonable.  Use of force should stop when resistance has ceased.  These are reasonable actions and are similar to the law and case law in most states.

Significant violations of policy can be used to fire, demote, discipline, or retrain officers.  Often the termination of an officer is preferable to arrest and prosecution of an officer who has violated both a policy and the law.  This is particularly true when a member of the public would not likely be prosecuted for a similar offense; that's what the SGT Says.

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