Do your officers employ the use of Force Continuum?

CPD Policy GO 0600 Response to resistance guidelines provide a framework for making decisions involving the reasonable use of force. The structure of the force guidelines is based on constitutional considerations and case law and describes appropriate decision making in a fluid and dynamic situation. The guidelines consider the relationship between subject resistance and various situational factors in determining the officer’s response options. The force Guidelines recognizes that officers make use of force decisions based on the totality of circumstances at the time of the incident. Circumstances are fluid and dynamic. Formulating a valid response requires continual assessment as the situation changes.

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1. Is there a ban on the use of chokeholds and strangleholds?
2. Are there several steps in the de-escalation process?
3. Do you require your officers to warn before shooting?
4. Do you require that your officers exhaust all other means before resorting to shooting?
5. Do your officers have a duty to intervene when they see another officer mishandling a situation?
6. What are you actively doing and what policies do you have in place to stop collusion?
7. Are officers banned from shooting at moving vehicles?
8. Do your officers employ the use of Force Continuum?
9. Do you require comprehensive reporting?
10. Does your department participate in the use of no knock warrants?
11. Do you carry less-lethal weapons as a proven method to curb violent behavior by officers of the law?
12. Do you restrict SWAT teams use for emergency situations?
13. Do you require body worn cameras for police officers?
14. Do you require officers to undergo training - including scenario-based training on at least a quarterly basis and involve the community - including youth of color – in its design and implementation?
15. Do you ensure accountability through civilian oversight boards?
16. Do you have funds and resources allocated for community-based programs?