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USE OF FORCE
It is the policy of this Department that officers shall use only that amount of force that reasonably appears necessary
REASONABLENESS
Reasonableness of the force used must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene at the time of the incident.
PC 835(a)
Any peace officer may use reasonable force to:
•Effect the arrest
•To prevent escape
•To overcome resistance
FACTORS USED TO DETERMINE THE REASONABLENESS OF FORCE
*The conduct of the individual,
•Officer/subject factors (age, size, strength, skill level, injury/exhaustion, # of officers vs. # of subjects).
•Influence of drugs/alcohol, mental state).
•Weapons.
•Availability of other options
•Seriousness of the offense
•Training & experience of the officer.
•Potential for injury to citizens, officers and suspects.
•Risk of escape.
•Other exigent circumstance(s).
DEADLY FORCE APPLICATIONS
*To protect themselves or others from what they believe would be an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury.
•To effect the arrest or prevent the escape of a felon where the officer believes the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or others.