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Incumbent upon every law enforcement agency is the mission to support community safety and the preservation of life. Comprehensive, best practice agency policy is essential to fulfilling that mission.
At Lexipol, we have been engaged for nearly two decades in the challenging and inspiring work of creating law enforcement policies that help agencies mitigate risk and protect the sanctity of life. During this time, the national dialogue on police policy, especially as it pertains to use of force, has evolved and increased in intensity. Today, that conversation includes voices calling for reform to address systemic bias and excessive force as well as voices advocating for guidance that reflects the realities of police work.
This website provides a resource for all stakeholders in the discussion around police use of force. By sharing Lexipol’s current policy positions as well as information about how our policies were developed, we hope to engage with law enforcement professionals and community members in the shared goal of creating safer communities.
Use of Force Policy
We invite all users of this site to learn about our national Use of Force Policy and download a copy for review.
Duty to Intercede: Conceptual, Cultural and Legal Aspects
Learn when and to whom the duty to intercede applies and tactics officers can use to intercede quickly, professionally and effectively
Perception, Recall and Use of Force Incidents
Discrepancies in officer accounts of use of force incidents can raise suspicion, but it’s important to understand the human performance factors that limit our perception and recall
Emotional Intelligence in De-Escalation
Lexipol co-founder Gordon Graham explains the importance of officers keeping their emotions in check and developing strategies for acting professionally even in difficult circumstances
Lexipol’s digital community Police1* provides news and analysis on policing issues, including use of force. Following are just a few of the articles, videos and training resources on police use of force available through Police1.
- Simple De-Escalation Strategies Officers Can Deploy on Every Call (May 26, 2020)
- Why Cops Should Be Trained in Gaining Cooperation—Not Just Compliance (June 12, 2020)
- Tennessee v. Garner: The Enduring Test of “Objective Reasonableness” (March 26, 2020)
- Crisis Rehearsal: How to Prevent Low-Risk Events from Turning into High-Risk Encounters (June 1, 2020)
- Do Police Officers Have a Legal Obligation to Use De-Escalation Tactics? (August 16, 2019)
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