Guiding Principles On Use of Force
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), 2016
This report, the 30th in PERF’s Critical Issues in Policing series, represents the culmination of 18 months of research, fieldwork, and national discussions on police use of force, especially in situations involving persons with mental illness and cases where subjects do not have firearms. The report presents guiding principles that are designed to provide officers with guidance and options, and to reduce unnecessary uses of force in situations that do not involve suspects armed with firearms. The guiding principles are organized into four areas: policy, training and tactics, equipment, and information exchange. Taken together, these guiding principles represent a new way of approaching many critical incidents for some agencies, and for other agencies, a reaffirmation and strengthening of their current policies.