Ingredients For Better Law Enforcement Outcomes

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 use of force, as they are a drastic improvement over the nonsensical policies put forth in 2016 by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) without any input from rank-and-file peace officers.

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.

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