A compilation of successful police strategies for reducing deadly force incidents has been issued by the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C. “Chief Concerns: Exploring the Challenges of Police Use of Force,” is the result of a yearlong project, PERF says. “There is probably no other issue that keeps chief up at night quite as much as the use of force, especially deadly force,” said Chuck Wexler, PERF executive director.
The report examines policies and training; tools, including firearms and less-lethal devices; effective prevention and de-escalation measures; K-9 deployment; community engagement; use-of-force investigations, and officer aftercare. In on example of a successful policy, San Diego found that sending a police supervisor to the scene of a non-routine call within the first 15 minutes can drastically reduce the chances that deadly force will be used. The publication can be ordered via PERF’s online bookstore at www.policeforum.org.