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Leading Law Enforcement Organizations Release National Consensus Policy on Use of Force

January 17, 2017 | National News

In April 2016, the IACP, in conjunction with the Fraternal Order of Police, assembled leading law enforcement leadership and labor organizations to examine the issue of use of force by law enforcement officers.

The extensive work of the 11 participating organizations has resulted in a National Consensus Policy on Use of Force. This consensus policy considers and reflects the broad views and experience of the field— ranging from line officers to executives. The developed and adopted consensus policy reflects the best thinking of the diverse participating organizations and is solely intended to serve as a template for law enforcement agencies to compare and enhance their existing policies.

The organizations include:

  • Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
  • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
  • International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training
  • National Association of Police Organizations
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Tactical Officers Association

While the work of the consensus organizations continues, the participating groups felt the urgency to release this policy as soon as possible, as many law enforcement agencies are currently reviewing or developing their own use-of-force policies. The 11 groups will continue to provide further guidance to the field by releasing a consensus policy discussion paper in the near future. The consensus policy discussion paper will provide additional information regarding the elements found in the consensus policy, as well as the rationale for the policy directives related to de-escalation and the use of less-lethal and deadly force.

To view the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force, visit the IACP website. The IACP looks forward to continuing to work with the participating organizations to provide further support to the law enforcement profession.