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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br />USE OF FORCE / RESPONSE TO RESISTANCE/AGGRESSION UOF-01 <br />Effective Date Revised Date Last Review Date <br />Page 1 of 38 <br />06-12-2003 11-22-2021 11-2021 (A) <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br />This policy establishes procedures for the use of force by Department members as <br />prescribed by law, the fair and equal treatment of all persons with regard to using <br />force and communication, the welfare of Department members involved in use of <br />force incidents, use of force reporting requirements, and the investigation <br />subsequent to any use of force incident. <br /> <br />II. PHILOSOPHY <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />While enforcing the law and protecting the public, officers are often forced to make <br />split-second decisions in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, rapidly changing, <br />and dangerous. Officers of the Surprise Police Department will encounter <br />dangerous situations while engaged in the execution of their lawful duties. While <br />there is no way to specify the exact degree and type of force that is reasonable to <br />be applied in any situation, officers will respond to resistance/aggression with a <br />degree of force and/or warning of force that is reasonable and necessary in <br />accordance with the objectively reasonableness standard. When it is safe and <br />prudent to do so, officers should employ techniques used to de-escalate situations <br />to minimize the need to use force during a situation or to reduce the degree of force <br />necessary to resolve a situation. <br /> <br />It is neither the policy of the Department, nor the intent of this policy, that officers <br />unnecessarily or unreasonably endanger themselves or others. The type and <br />degree of force used must be within the range of "objectively reasonable" options <br />based on the totality of the circumstances. The use of unreasonable force <br />degrades the confidence of the community we serve, and exposes the Department <br />and officers to legal and physical hazards. Equally important, the failure to use the <br />force that is reasonable and necessary to resolve a situation may endanger the <br />officer, fellow officers, and the community. <br /> <br />III. POLICY <br /> <br />It is the policy of the Surprise Police Department that: <br /> <br />A. Department members shall treat all members of the public with whom they <br />have contact fairly and equally, without bias, and in adherence with the legal <br />rights afforded to them by the United States Constitution, federal law, and the <br />Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona. <br /> <br /> <br />