- Make a commitment to the community that the preservation and protection of life is one of the fundamental duties of a police officer; that the use of force is a public trust and acknowledge that even in situations where the use of deadly force may be legal it may not be moral, the right thing to do.
- Find and incorporate less-than-lethal devices and/or methods into police tactics. Use “smart gun” technology so that officer’s weapons cannot be used against them in an encounter reducing their fear.
- Create a policy regarding the use of force that requires the least amount of force be used by officers when overcoming physical resistance.
- Train in effective “hand-to-hand” defensive tactics and proper arrest and restraining procedures that protect arrested persons from death or serious injury.
- Develop specific tactics in stand-offs involving disturbed or mentally ill persons who have club or edged weapon and refuse police orders that do not result in the death of the person involved.
- Maintain active on-street supervision by police leaders with regard to these new and creative methods.
- Make a sincere commitment to the community that deadly force against unarmed persons will be drastically reduced, even eliminated, as a result of these changes.
- Meet and dialogue with the community and ask them for support of these measures and to work with you in implementing these steps at the neighborhood level.
Ready…. set… go!
And while you are at it these two publications of mine may be of help:
You can order Arrested Development HERE.
And/or How to Rate Your Local Police HERE.