Police Use of Force Consensus Policy - Change in Direction

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Police Use of Force Consensus Policy - Change in Direction

By Brenda Warrington, Police in the News® | Thu, 8 Jun 2017

In response public out-cry and media fervor, police agencies from across the nation are taking action to upgrade their tactical use of force policy and training.

During 2016, recognizing the need for review of police force and deadly force actions, eleven national police associations where brought together to study the various issues affecting police use of force in the U.S. by local and federal officers. Such recognized associations as the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives were deeply involved in the process. In January 2017, the group published their findings as the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force.

To further understand the meaning of this action and its impact, we contacted David Salmon II, Training Coordinator of OSS Academy the leading online police training academy in the U.S. In response to our questions, David said “…we encouraged and supported this collaborative effort, and although originally approached as a somewhat politically motivated effort the resulting policy guidelines have brought consensus and clarity to the debate.” When asked about the consensus policy’s impact police operations, He provided “we now have a framework for policy guidelines that experts, policy managers, and officers can agree on and this can make a major difference as police use of force is evaluated by each agency, community, and the courts.”

“Having supported the consensus policy approach, experts from our sister organization OSS Law Enforcement Advisors® have updated their use of force policies sets for local law enforcement, jail, federal, school enforcement, hospital, tribal, and public housing. We are confident, these changes will enhance defense of officers and their agencies when implemented and trained.” For more information on this topic, you can reach Mr. Salmon through their extensive website at www.ossrisk.com.

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