According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the use of force by law enforcement officers becomes necessary and is permitted under specific circumstances, such as in self-defense or in defense of another individual or group. There is no single, universally agreed-upon definition of use of force.

Curious about the Phoenix Police Department’s Use of Force policy? A presentation will be made as part of the Coffee With A Cop event scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 2, 12851 N. 19th Ave.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has described use of force as the “amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject.” Yet no two situations are the same, nor are any two officers. Given these facts, officers receive guidance from their individual agencies, but no universal set of rules governs when officers should use force and how much.

Learn more at this free program that is open to the public. No RSVP required.



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