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NCJ Number: 120725 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Force
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police/National Law Enforcement Policy Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police/National Law Enforcement Policy Ctr
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police/National Law Enforcement Policy Ctr
515 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This model policy provides police officers with guidelines on the use of deadly and nondeadly force.
Abstract: Police officers must protect the public welfare and balance all human interests involved and should use only as much force as is reasonably needed. Deadly force is any force that is likely to cause death or serious injury, and nondeadly force is any other type of force. Police officers may use deadly force for the following reasons: 1) to protect himself or others from a perceived serious threat, 2) to prevent the escape of a felon believed to be dangerous, 3) to practice on a range or to compete in sporting events, and 4) to destroy an animal which is either dangerous or seriously injured. Officers should draw their weapon only when provoked and should state their intention to shoot whenever feasible. Officers should refrain from firing warning shots, firing at or from a moving vehicle, and should not place innocent persons in jeopardy. Parameters for use of nondeadly force are given, as are training qualifications and recommendations for reporting the use of force.
Main Term(s): Lawful use of force
Index Term(s): Police use of deadly force; Police weapons use
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