Use of Force Report

The use of force by law enforcement personnel is a matter of critical concern, both to the public and to the law enforcement community. Officers are involved on a daily basis in numerous and varied interactions and, when warranted, may use REASONABLE FORCE in carrying out their duties.

The Department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone. Vesting officers with the legal authority to use reasonable force and to protect the public welfare requires monitoring, evaluation and a careful balancing of all interests. This monthly report, rooted in transparency, is being provided to inform the community of our activities as it relates to use of force encounters.
 

Monthly Report

2018 Summary

February 2019

 

Force Options


Take Down
 
When an officer causes a subject to go to the ground by the use of a structured technique or other means (i.e. tackle, push, and trip).

Control Hold
 
The application of force on a subject to control their resistive movements. This can be accomplished through structured techniques or by body weight.

Punch
 
The use of the hands as striking weapons.

Taser
 
The use of a conducted energy weapon to cause temporary neuromuscular incapacitation.

Personal Body Weapon
 
The use of other part of the body (elbows, knees, head) as striking weapons.

Carotid
 
Technique in which the arms of the officer are encircled around a subject’s neck and pressure is applied to the carotid arteries, restricting blood flow to the brain, ultimately causing unconsciousness.

Canine
 
The use of a police dog trained to locate a suspect.

Impact Weapon
 
The use of a police baton.

RIPP Hobble
 
The application of two RIPP Hobbles on a subject to achieve maximum restraint while ensuring maximum safety to the restrained.

Improvised Weapon
 
The use of a non-traditional weapon such as a radio.

Leg Restraints
 
The application of a device to restrain a person’s legs.

Firearm
 
The use of a firearm during a deadly force encounter.