FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

PERF Calls for Changes in Use-of-Force Training

September 21, 2015  | 

The same research group that issued a blistering report last April on the fragmentation of St. Louis-area police departments has now issued an eye-opening report that calls for an overhaul of police training and culture.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) produced the report, “Re-Engineering Training on Police Use of Force,” amid a period of introspection taking place within the nation’s law enforcement community since former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown Jr. on August 9, 2014.

That introspection has led to new thinking about issues such as officers’ mentality about their role; the generally unwritten, but widely accepted, 21-foot rule that purports to govern the legality of officers’ use of force in edged-weapon situations; and appropriate crisis intervention training and response, the St. Louis American reports.

“Some of what you will read in this report may be difficult to accept, because leading police chiefs are saying that our practices need to change dramatically,” PERF’s Executive Director, Chuck Wexler, wrote in the introduction.

Nowhere is that proposed change more evident than in police officials’ view that the profession must leave behind its warrior mentality. The role of officers should align more closely with that of guardian, the officials said.

Joseph Price, police chief in Leesburg, Virginia, responded: “We need to change that mindset, to teach officers that at times they may need to fight like a warrior, but most of the time they need to have the mindset of a guardian.”

Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/22/2015 10:16 PM

Nobody uses the first level of the use of force pyramid... talking. Talking people out of things used to be the first choice by Police Officers now they immediately skip to the stun gun or firearm. Talking is a lost art in Law Enforcement. Most of the change to actual force has come about through the hiring of former military personnel to be Police Officers. Their training does not include talking or using psychology to control people. This needs to be added back into the arsenal of use of force. I watch the video's on here and most of what I see the Officers completely skip verbal restraint in favor of physical restraint which only increases the tension of the moment. With two people screaming at each other there are verbal communication skills which can peacefully deescalate the problem and can conclude the contact without use of force. But current Officers are not trained in this area and so they create most of their own problems by escalating the violence. This is a major training issue and it is not currently being addressed.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Family of Slain WI Deputy Receives Signed Packers Jersey, Honored by Sheriffs' Association
The family of a Wisconsin sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty received a special...
3 Washington Officers Sickened by Drug Fumes During Warrant Arrest, Fentanyl Suspected
Three Arlington (WA) Police Officers were taken to an area hospital Monday after a...
Video: Handler's Body Camera Captures FL Sheriff's K-9 in Full Pursuit
Dramatic video shows K9 Shep and his handler, Deputy Nick Carmack in their patrol car,...
Third Man Charged in Deadly Shooting of MO Officer
A third man is under arrest and facing a charge in the deadly shooting of Clinton, MO...
Helicopter in Fatal VA Police Crash Had Past Engine Problems
The police helicopter involved in a crash that killed two troopers near the chaotic events...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine