Do you restrict SWAT teams use for emergency situations?

CPD Policy GO 1490

It shall be the policy of the Cocoa Police Department to ensure the safety of departmental members and the general public by utilizing a group of specially trained members in order to bring about the successful resolution to potentially dangerous high-risk situations.

The Cocoa Police Department has established a specially trained unit to provide appropriate responses to high-risk incidents. High-risk incidents shall be coordinated by a command staff member who has the authority and responsibility to direct the incident.

GO 1490 C. S.W.A.T. response situations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Barricaded Subjects
  • Hostage Situations
  • Special Security Situations
  • Search and Arrest Warrants v. Other situations of a high-risk nature in which a specialized response would be beneficial.

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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?