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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
Police Reform: Policy and Training Impacts Webinar Series
Explore three critical topics in police reform: use of force policy, response to people in crisis, and the role training plays in decision-making
Police Reform and Racial Justice
Learn how Lexipol’s policy language matches up with 10 key recommendations from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Report on Police Reform and Racial Justice
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.
- Using Legitimacy as a Guide to Police Reform (May 4, 2021)
- Developing Evidence in De-Escalation of Potential Use of Force Encounters (January 21, 2021)
- The Rarity of Deadly Force (November 23, 2020)
- Transparency That Matters: Releasing the Right Information at the Right Time Following an OIS (November 3, 2020)
- Abnormal Breathing Recognition for Law Enforcement (October 26, 2020)
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