Lecture 18-Police Use of Force0

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Lecture 18- Police Use of Force -What types of powers do the police have? -Arrest/apprehension -Stop people -Question people -Search people and/or principles -Give tickets/citations -Verbal warnings -Use of physical force when necessary -Etc. -How much freedom do police have in deciding how and when to use their powers? -A lot! -Line officers have a ton of discretion as we discussed last week -And the amount of discretion they have can vary by department, the unit the officer is in and so forth -And some strategies like Broken Windows or POP encourage increasing discretion A. Police Use of Force -The decision to use physical force—and what type of force to use—is the arguably the most scrutinized aspect of police discretion - Police have authority to use legitimate force when necessary to subdue suspects, protect themselves, protect citizen’s etc. -Force is part of their “toolbox” of law enforcement -What are some types of force police can use? -Police departments use continuums to rank use of force from least to most serious -A general example would be something like the following: 1
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Continuum of Police Force -Officer Presence - Verbal commands -Empty Hand Control - Pepper spray, Baton, Taser -Less Lethal Force -Deadly Force -And here are some examples of specific departments’ use of force continuums B. Police Decisions to use force -What factors affect police decisions to use force and what kind of force to use? -How much time does a police officer have to make a decision on whether to use force and what
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 3110 taught by Professor Dr.joshuahinkle during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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