Force Science (a different college group) sums it up this way:
"Among other things, PERF urges that agencies nationwide adopt policies and practices that would:
• Hold officers to a more stringent standard for using force than the "objective reasonableness" test of Graham v. Connor.
• Require officers to "ask themselves, 'How would the general public view' their actions in a threatening encounter.
• Strictly prohibit "shooting at or from a moving vehicle unless someone in the vehicle is using or threatening deadly force by means other than the vehicle itself."
• Explore the use of a Critical Decision-Making Model based on practices in the United Kingdom for determining an appropriate force response.
• "Eliminate from their policies and training all references to the so-called '21-foot rule'" regarding suspects armed with an edged weapon.
• Train officers that "automatically moving to their firearm" when an electronic control weapon fails is inappropriate.
• Make de-escalation "a core theme" of training.
Applying its recommendations across the board "in a comprehensive manner, and not in a piecemeal or haphazard way," will be costly, PERF says, but will "increase officer safety, as well as the safety of community members."
Click here for the PERF report
I have not scrutinized each point one by one. But this drum beat is a never-ending drum beat. ALL cops since before I started and when I started in 1973, and every day since, were always supposed to be nimble, super, psychologists. We are supposed to work communication miracles. I think I could probably write an essay on each PERF point, though, as many ideas flashed through my head as I looked over each suggestion.
One interesting point? -
"Eliminate from their policies and training all references to the so-called '21-foot rule'" regarding suspects armed with an edged weapon."
This is interesting conclusion and has a debatable effect on all training programs that love to flag the "21 foot rule." (I personally think each knife confrontation is situational)
Another interesting point -
"Explore the use of a Critical Decision-Making Model based on practices in the United Kingdom for determining an appropriate force response."
The U.K. does not live in a gun-filled world like the USA does. But, the circle-jerk, rat race continues. Australia just adopted a less tolerant, USA police policy of "pull and shoot faster" when police are confronted by weapon-bearing situations. See the circle-jerk.
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