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NCJ Number: 201145 Find in a Library
Title: Deadly Force: More Than Firearms
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:51  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:24,26
Author(s): Ed Nowicki
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 2
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In addition to learning to shoot well, comprehensive deadly force training for police officers must include the provision of a cognitive understanding of deadly force and the legalities of using firearms and other forms of deadly force in a reasonable manner.
Abstract: The foundation of deadly force training consists of the legal aspects of when an officer can use deadly force. Knowledge of specific State law and case law is required, along with relevant Federal case law. Additionally, departmental policy should be consistent with the law. Typically, an attorney will teach the legal aspects of deadly force, and veteran police instructors can provide information on actual incidents. Training in the use of deadly force must encompass both the responsible and skilled use of firearms and the use of other means of inflicting deadly force, such as strategic blows with a baton and a flashlight. The latter instruments may be used when a subject is attempting to disarm an officer. In most cases, however, the use of deadly force will involve a firearm, so most deadly force training should be with firearms. Officers must know their specific firearm and how it functions. Firearms marksmanship is the foundation for additional firearms training. This should involve the simulation of various scenarios in which an officer must decide whether and how to use his/her firearm. This article describes various types of such simulation systems that can make various scenarios as realistic as possible.
Main Term(s): Police firearm training
Index Term(s): Police policies and procedures; Police simulation training; Police use of deadly force
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