Learning Objectives

  1. Define reasonable force, unnecessary force, and brutality in relation to the continuum of force
  2. Discuss the meaning and importance of threat assessment in situations where officers make decisions about the use of force
  3. Identify the various types of physical force that can be used by the police, the circumstances in which they can be used, their frequency, and their effects
  4. Explain the phenomenon of suicide by cop, how frequently it occurs, and the characteristics of such incidents
  5. Evaluate patterns of police use of force among officers
  6. Assess early intervention systems and other methods of controlling police use of force