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Proposed Use of Force Policies: Will This Be The “New Normal” For Policing?

In a possible preview of coming attractions for other agencies, the police department in a major US city is proposing radical changes to its use-of-force policies that have torched a firestorm of protest from the rank-and-file. In tone and detail, many of the intended changes mirror the recommendations for overhauling American policing put forth earlier...
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How To Deal With Conflict Between Science and Case Law

In a previous Force Science News [4/8/14], we reported a new study by Dr. Darrell Ross, indicating that restraining a violently resisting suspect in the prone position produces “no fatal adverse effects, even when TASER shocks, weight on the subject’s back, and hobbling are employed by officers to gain control.” Ross urged that for the...
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Important Clarification: Should ABC Be CBA In Treating Wounded Officers?

Is it true that an old standard of first aid training—attending to Airway, Breathing, and Circulation (bleeding) in that order when treating injured parties—is now obsolete? In a report about downed-officer rescues published in Force Science News [Transmission sent 3/16/09], Dr. Matthew Sztajnkrycer contended that when caring for downed officers, ABC should be reversed to...
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Officer-Rescue Survey Results Raise Key Training Issue

Surprising preliminary results from a survey about responses to downed-officer rescues suggest it may be more practical to modify training and equipment related to this high-intensity field challenge than to try changing officers’ instinctive responses. “Officers appear to view risk in this situation very differently than would be predicted based on studies of risk in...
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