The Police Chief Update
April Issue
With the rise in tensions between the public and the officers in their communities, law enforcement agencies have recently been reexamining their policies surrounding use of force as part of their efforts to rebuild this fractured trust and improve public safety services. This issue looks at new research about use of force, data collection efforts, policies, and the different ways the law enforcement community is working to not only define it, but to determine how and when it should be used.
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Due to difference in use-of-force policies among agencies across the United States and the rising tensions between law enforcement and the public, the IACP and the Fraternal Order of Police worked together to convene a symposium with other law enforcement leadership organizations. The resulting efforts by 11 law enforcement agencies led to the development of The National Consensus Policy on Use of Force.
 
Recent research regarding law enforcement use of force and its myriad related issues reveals opportunities to improve policies, training, officer safety, and the use of technology. However, there still exists a lack of empirical evidence in some areas that demands additional evidence-based research on this important topic.
 
Use of force by law enforcement is a controversial issue in countries across the globe, and there is no universal standard by which to assess or define its justification. The UFO Method proposed in this article includes six primary dimensions and draws on the principles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights to establish a standard that can be adapted to specific incidents and countries.
 
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The Many Facets of Law Enforcement Use of Force
 
Paws for a Pause: Therapy Dogs, Mindfulness Meditation, and Healthy Mind Check-ins for Officer Safety and Wellness
 
Subpoenaed Officers on FMLA: Stay or Go?
 
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