2010-03-18_022849_20 - USE OF FORCE We are amazingly...

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USE OF FORCE We are amazingly two-faced as a general public. We hire police officers, some of whom have less educational background than many of the people they serve. We expect them to act like diplomats or guardians, but we also expect them to throw away their lives for ours if the situation arises where they have to act. We have a group of people we pay to have to deal with the very things we do not want to have to handle – the drug dealers, the bank robbers, the thieves, and the murders. Moreover, when they do have to use force we then have a group that screams “Police Brutality “instead of ”thank you.” It is the job of the police department to enforce social order through legitimized use of force. (National Institute of Justice) This much is expected and accepted by most of society. Excessive use of force is quite rare. (Hickman) However, officers should use the minimum amount needed to eliminate the threat at hand while minimizing the risk or injury that may occur (NIJ) The best guide for using force may ell come from the ancient Chinese, as seen through The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Dan Marcou picked the best things for guidance for a modern officer: “To subdue without fighting is the acme of skill.” Look to be the indominitable professional to discourage resistance. To talk a suspect into submission is preferred, so strive to be a master communicator. TASER is a tool that has been used to prevent as many conflicts as it has ended. “To rely on rustics and not prepare is the greatest of all crimes. To be prepared beforehand for every contingency is the greatest of virtues.” A “rustic” was the opposite of a professional soldier to Sun Tzu. Administrators are more committed than ever to obtain and maintain highly trained personnel. “Strike when victory is assured.” Some time the suspect leaves no other option in the case of a sudden assault of an officer or a potential victim. When possible engaging the suspect(s) should be a tactical decision made when your odds of winning are based on superior skills, equipment, positioning, attitude, and personnel. “Avoid strong and attack weak.” There are times to attack with hands –on control. There are times for a TASER. There is a time to choose between the TASER in your hand and the firearm at your side. There is a time to choose your handgun. There is a time to have to choose between your handgun and a long gun on your shoulder. And there is a time for a long gun. “Go into emptiness, strike voids, bypass what he defends, hit him where he does not
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2011 for the course POLICING T 333 taught by Professor Crystaldickersonbynum during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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