The Dublin Police Department recognizes the value of human life and is committed to protecting those the department serves. Officers regularly complete training in de-escalation and response to resistance (also known as “use of force”) to ensure officers understand and are appropriately analyzing interactions with the public. Training includes both classroom policy review and practical scenario-based exercises.
Force: Force means any violence, compulsion or constraint physically exerted by any means upon or against a person or thing (ORC 2901.01). Minor hand-to-hand control techniques, such as those used in handcuffing, physically touching, or gripping to overcome minor resistive tension or pointing of a firearm or Taser with no physical contact, are not considered a use of force.
De-escalation: Taking action or communicating verbally or non-verbally during a potential force encounter in an attempt to stabilize the situation and reduce the immediacy of the threat so that more time, options and resources can be called upon to resolve the situation without the use of force or with a reduction in the force necessary. De-escalation may include the use of such techniques as command presence, advisements, warnings, verbal persuasion and tactical repositioning.
Active resistance: Physical, confrontational behavior with a purpose of directly obstructing the lawful efforts of a law enforcement officer.
Active aggression: Behavior with a purpose of causing physical harm to another.
Objectively reasonable: The reasonableness of an officer’s use of force will be determined by the totality of the circumstances known to the officer at the time of their actions and decisions. “Objectively reasonable” includes determining the necessity for and appropriate level of force, including, but not limited to, the seriousness of the crime, the level of threat or resistance presented by the subject, and the danger to the community. [Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989)]
All Dublin Police officers are issued body-worn cameras, review the agency’s related policy, and receive training about camera operation. Regular reviews of body camera footage are conducted in order to assist with criminal and administrative investigations, as well as for employee review.
Dublin Police officers receive training in the use of de-escalation tactics, hand-to-hand control techniques, Oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, Tasers, batons and firearms.
A subject would have to be actively resisting and/or actively aggressive in order for a Dublin Police officer to deploy a Taser.
A baton is considered a defensive weapon and can only be used when a subject is exhibiting active aggression.
Dublin Police officers are not authorized to use OC spray on a passive subject as a pain-inflicting device to ensure compliance.
Lethal force many only be used by a Dublin Police officer in order to
The use of neck restraints is not allowed by the Dublin Police Department except where deadly force would be objectively reasonable.
The use of Tasers, batons and Oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray are only allowed when they are the objectively reasonable level of force to effect an arrest, detention or mission-specific seizure.
Any time an officer uses force in an effort to gain compliance from a person, the \ officer is required to complete and submit a Response to Resistance and Subject Control Report, and each instance of force will be comprehensively reviewed.
Officers will report any use of force involving a lethal or less-lethal weapon immediately to the on-duty shift supervisor and will, as soon as practical, file a Response to Resistance and Subject Control Report.
The department also conducts an annual analysis of response to resistance to identify trends, improve training and employee safety, and provide timely information for the agency in addressing any use of force issue that could arise.
On an annual basis, the Dublin Police Department conducts a documented Response to Resistance Analysis that includes a review of use of firearms, use of Taser, use of specialty impact munitions (SIMS), and Response to Resistance and Subject Control Reports. The purpose of this analysis is to determine any patterns or trends that could indicate training needs and/or policy modifications.
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