In another effort to provide new guidelines on law enforcement's use of force, the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force (NCP) was recently released by 11 major law enforcement leadership organizations. These policies are set out as a template for agencies for comparison with current policies and improve upon them. We welcome their contribution to the debate over
Of course, it goes without saying that the quickest way to drastically reduce the necessity for use of force is for the public to comply with lawful police commands–but the next time we hear a politician or major political figure articulate that suggestion will be the first time. Thus, the emphasis continues on policies designed to dictate when and how law enforcement can employ lethal and non-lethal force.