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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br /> <br />WEAPONS – FIREARM POLICY STATEMENTS UOF-03 <br /> Add. 1 <br />DATE DATE REVISE CALEA STANDARDS PAGE <br />ISSUED EFFECTIVE DATE MET <br />1 of 3 <br />06-12-03 06-18-08 YES <br />06-12-03 <br /> <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br /> This addendum states Department policy relating to Department authorized <br />firearms. <br /> <br />II. POLICY STATEMENTS <br /> <br />A. Compliance with Law - Officers will at all times conform their use of force, <br />including deadly force, to that which is reasonably necessary to affect a <br />lawful purpose according to the standards of the Constitution of the United <br />States, Arizona Revised Statutes, Surprise Police Department Policies <br />and Training Standards. <br />B. Drawing or Exhibiting Firearms - Officers will refrain from drawing or <br />exhibiting a firearm except on demand of an inspecting officer or when <br />there is a reasonable belief that the situation may escalate to the point <br />where deadly force may be justified. Firearms will be secured or holstered <br />when the officer determines it is no longer appropriate to exhibit the <br />firearm. These restrictions are not to be construed to limit safe off-duty <br />practice or routine cleaning at the discretion of the officer. <br />C. Firearm Discharge - This Department will investigate every incident <br />involving a firearm discharge except those associated with ballistics <br />testing, the humane destruction of an animal, maintenance, and training. <br />D. Issued Firearms and Ammunition - Officers will equip themselves only with <br />the firearms and ammunition specifically authorized and/or issued by the <br />Department. <br />E. Loss/Theft - The Chief of Police will be notified, in writing, by the individual <br />officer, Armorer, Range Master, or Commanding Officer, as appropriate, <br />regarding the loss/theft of any Department firearm, off-duty firearm or <br />special firearm. <br />F. Firearms Security - Members will be responsible for the safe and secure <br />retention of all firearms issued by the Department and/or off-duty <br />firearms/special firearms they have been authorized to carry. Weapons <br />shall be stored in a department-issued weapons safe or equivalent. <br />G. Secondary/Off-Duty Firearm - Officers may carry or possess an off-duty <br />firearm on duty when authorized by the Chief of Police. When carried on- <br />duty, the off-duty firearm will be concealed at all times. If carried as a <br />back-up weapon, the firearm must be concealed at all times and should <br />be used when the officer has lost use of the primary firearm, or in the <br />event that the attempted use of the primary firearm would endanger the <br />life of the officer or another. <br />H. Off-Duty - Officers may carry the Department-issued firearm or the <br />authorized off-duty firearm when off-duty. Officers are encouraged, but <br />not mandated, to carry an authorized firearm when off duty. An officer <br />may also carry a firearm authorized by the Chief of Police or designee. <br />An officer who elects not to carry an authorized firearm while off-duty will <br /> <br />