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A look at the Use of Force Continuum used by police in the US.
# 151882 | 888 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2012 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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This paper discusses the police Use of Force Continuum and how it faces many challenges in light of current budget cuts. First, the paper describes how budget cuts in police departments have impacted patrols, especially those where now only one police officer covers a beat rather than two officers. Next, the paper explores the Use of Force Model and its application to police work. In particular, the paper considers how the Use of Force Model applies to resisters, both passive and aggressive. Finally, the paper addresses legal decisions in which the use of force by police officers was questioned by the courts. The paper concludes by stating that law enforcement personnel are always in such a precarious situation that it is impossible to come up with the most reasonable actions given unreasonable scenarios.

From the Paper:

"In the milieu of law enforcement, there is a term used "force continuum." The concept of 'force continuum' or 'escalation of force continuum' generally refers to a listing of steps in the escalation of force, a concept that has been around for quite a while. A 'continuum,' however, should show a continuous change such as in a traditional thermometer rather than an abrupt change in steps or stages. (Desmedt, 2009) A more simple explanation of this is that given a particular situation, police officers have set of protocols and standards they have to follow in the use of force. The simplest example would be the ones seen on television or Hollywood movies wherein a perpetrator is attacking a police officer; the police officer gives a warning shot first and if the attacker does not heed the warning, the police officer shoots to wound. If the wounded perpetrator continues with his attack and the police officer feels his life threatened, he can shoot to kill. Although the situation presented is not the actual protocol followed (it is difficult to shoot accurately to wound at an attacking person), it gives an idea of what force continuum is."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Desmedt, John C. The Use of Force Paradigm for Enforcement and Corrections. 2009. Protective Safety Systems, Inc. 01 Mar. 2010. <http://www.pss.cc/uofm.htm>.
  • Hall, John C. Police Use of Nondeadly Force to Arrest. 1997. Federal Bureau of Investigation. 01 Mar. 2010. <http://www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/1997/oct975.htm>.
  • Makholm, John. "Passive Resisters: What is 'Reasonable' Force?" Police Liability Beat, Vol. 14, No. 1. January 2005. The Makholm Law Group. 01 Mar. 2010. <http://www.wmmic.com/infodocs/plb122005.pdf>.

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