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Accession Number PB2013-102938
Title Electronic Control Weapons Guidelines, 2011.
Publication Date Mar 2011
Media Count 60p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract One of the defining characteristics of police organizations is that they have been given legal authority to use physical force, and one of the most critical challenges for police departments is the constant struggle to ensure that their use of force is legitimate. Over the last few decades, there has been a growing awareness that police must strive not only to prevent unnecessary or excessive uses of force but also to ensure that communities perceive their police to be acting properly when they use force. As a result of this greater attention to use-of-force issues, there have been substantial improvements in policies, practices, and results. These include significant reductions in officer-involved shootings, creation of early intervention systems to detect possible excesses in individual officers use of force, greater mechanisms for accountability and transparency regarding use-of-force issues, and training of officers to de-escalate situations when possible using verbal techniques and other nonlethal methods of controlling an incident. Another advancement has been the development of new less-lethal weapons, which give police a wider range of options to choose from in dealing with persons who resist police authority in various situations--in some cases because they have a mental illness or are under the influence of drugs. Each new less-lethal weapon brings its own set of advantages and limitations that must be managed if officers are to choose the best options in a given situation.
Keywords Electronic control
Lawful use of force
Legal aspects
Nonlethal weapons
Police weapons

Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 79A - Ammunition, Explosives, & Pyrotechnics
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number 2010-CK-WX-K001

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