The Department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone. Vesting officers with the authority to use reasonable force and to protect the public welfare requires monitoring, evaluation and a careful balancing of all interests.
The use of force by law enforcement personnel is a matter of critical concern, both to the public and to the law enforcement community. Officers are involved on a daily basis in numerous and varied interactions and, when warranted, may use reasonable force in carrying out their duties. Officers must have an understanding of, and true appreciation for, their authority and limitations. This is especially true with respect to overcoming resistance while engaged in the performance of law enforcement duties.
A detailed investigation is conducted by a supervisor any time an officer uses force in the performance of their duties, and officers are required to provide medical aid or summon medical assistance to anyone who is visibly injured or claims to be injured as a result of what occurred. The supervisor’s investigation includes interviewing all associated parties (which minimally includes involved officers, the party upon whom force was used, and any witnesses), a search for evidence (which includes body-worn camera footage, mobile audio/video system footage, surveillance camera footage, etc.), taking photographs of any injuries to any associated party, and an analysis and assessment of whether the conduct of the involved officer(s) was objectively reasonable under the circumstances.
In 2019, our officers made 2,183 arrests. Force was used in 18 of those incidents. This is a testament to the professionalism of our officers and their ability to de-escalate tense situations and gain voluntary compliance without using force.
If you would like more information about the Department's use of force reporting, visit our Police Policy Manual page and read Policy 300.5.