THE PRINCIPLE OF GRADUAL AND PROPORTIONATE USE OF FORCE

LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST USE THE MINIMUM FORCE REQUIRED TO CONTROL A SITUATION.

Often times, only the ostensible presence of police officers with their cars, uniforms and equipment is sufficient. If not, the use of negotiations, warnings, irritants, explosions, controlled impact ammunition and electric shocks shall be proportionally implemented and, at worst, when all else fails and the situation is serious enough, such as the threat to the lives of others, lethal force shall be employed, which is the last step of this principle.

It is not always necessary to go through all the steps; remember that the correct method is to use the minimum force necessary to deal with the situation being faced.

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