11 police organizations emphasize de-escalation in new model policy on UOF

This is the first time de-escalation has been included in the report


By PoliceOne Staff

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and 10 other law enforcement organizations released a new consensus policy on use of force Tuesday.

One of the procedure focuses included is de-escalation, stating officers should use de-escalation techniques “whenever possible and appropriate before resorting to force.”

The report also states police should use deadly force when it is “objectively reasonable
under the totality of the circumstances.”

Expert Scott MacLatchie told WSOC the report allows the public to see how officer conduct is measured.

"It gives the public the same measuring stick that the department itself will be using if an officer's conduct is called into question," he said.

MacLatchie also said the language in the report is just restating how officers have already been trained.

According to WSOC, this is the first time de-escalation has been included in the report. 

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