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N.Y. Agency Revamps Use-of-Force Policy After DOJ Probe

December 24, 2010
The reforms include the incorporation of verbal de-escalation techniques, prohibiting the use of the carotid restraint, limiting the type of ammunition allowed, and developing a formal system for handling public complaints.

Seattle Officer Cleared In Punching of Jaywalker

December 8, 2010
The department's Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) concluded that the officer performed his duties within the scope of department policies and procedures.

LAPD Reviews Tactics of Wild Pursuit

August 12, 2010
When apprehending the suspect, officers created the potential for deadly crossfire. The review will also look at whether officers should have immediately swarmed the car.

Not Going for the Kill

March 31, 2010

A SWAT team is called out to a barricade situation. A man holed up in his house claims to have a hostage, and negotiators are getting nowhere as the subject refuses to surrender. Now tactical teams can employ multiple less-lethal options to help end such a situation at different points throughout an incident without employing lethal force.

Foot Pursuits: A Runaway Policy?

March 18, 2010
What exactly was this "new bar" for performance? How was one to be evaluated against it? And was this really a new policy to follow?

Los Angeles County Sheriff To Deputies: Be More Cautious During Pursuits

February 18, 2010
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has told his deputies to exercise more caution when pursuing armed suspects and call for backup.

Best Practices in TASER Targeting

January 31, 2010

To adopt the preferred targeting zone, officers will need to train themselves to avoid center mass.

Michigan Man Kills Himself After Holding Deputy at Gunpoint

January 29, 2010
A 23-year-old man on probation for a weapons offense shot and killed himself on a Michigan roadway, after a tense stand-off with an officer who had pulled him over.

TASER CEO Clarifies Chest Shot Guideline

October 27, 2009
TASER CEO Rick Smith says he is surprised by the uproar, which was caused by an article in the Arizona Republic, and that the targeting model was not changed because the company sees greater risk of cardiac events from chest shots.

Four San Jose Cops on Leave After Rough Arrest

October 26, 2009
San Jose's police chief has placed on leave four officers present at the beating of an unarmed Vietnamese student, following the release of a grainy cell-phone video of the arrest, CBS news reports.

Florida Officer's Drive-by Tasering Results In Man's Death

October 5, 2009
The Pensacola (Fla.) Police Department is reviewing its policy on the use of less-lethal force, after an officer used a stun gun from his moving patrol car, PNJ.com reports.

Dog Days of Summer (Part 4): Shooting to Kill

September 16, 2009
The use of deadly force in certain circumstances is readily justifiable, especially if you've attempted a less-lethal option first. Have a game plan for such eventualities at the outset.

Dog Days of Summer (Part 3): Less-Lethal vs. Vicious Dogs

September 10, 2009
Without formal training, police must rely on their preservation instinct and use whatever force is deemed necessary against attacking dogs. While lethal force is acceptable, it's a last resort. There's a less-lethal alternative that's proven effective, one I've personally employed countless times and highly recommend.

Dog Days of Summer (Part 2): Don't Just Shoot Them

September 3, 2009
Whenever another "family/friendly" dog is shot by LE, the condemnation by critics is immediate. I believe the days of the "just shoot them" policy are over. And if we don't solve the problem, someone from the outside will do it for us.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

December 1, 2008

Perhaps nowhere in contemporary American society does the question of the right tool for the right job come into play more often than in matters of police use of force.

San Antonio PD Restricts Use of TASERs

October 16, 2008
Officers now are prohibited from using the weapons against anyone “known to be under the influence of drugs,” and no more than one officer at a time should use a Taser against a person, according to the new policy.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

October 1, 2008

In smaller agencies, policy manuals—if they existed—were just a few policy statements. Now there are multiple bound volumes that no officer can be expected to memorize, let alone understand. — Tom Aveni, Police Policy Studies Council

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors

June 1, 2008

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

The Tactical Use of TASERs

December 1, 2007

The tactical teams portrayed in the movies and on television typically use an assortment of automatic weapons and high-powered rifles to shoot down terrorists and hostage takers. But those of us in the business know that the vast majority of our missions do not involve the use of deadly force.

Will I Get Sued?

November 1, 2007

Years ago when I was attending my police academy recruit training, one of the many questions my fellow recruits and I pondered was: Will I get sued? In my case, the answer turned out to be, "Yes." And several times at that!

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