Police Chief: Officers’ Split-Second Force Decisions Must Be Correct
When law enforcement officers interact with citizens, they constantly make decisions on how best to gain the citizen’s compliance.They have to decide what techniques — or what weapons — to utilize. And, for safety’s sake, they need to be right.“It’s really a case-by-case judgment, and I hate to sound melodramatic, but moment-by-moment,” said Chief Mark Connery of the Richmond Police Department. “Things can change in a hurry.“On any given day at any given time, you have to weigh every situation against your training, your experience and what the possible ramifications are. It’s a constant decision-making process.”An officer choosing incorrectly risks a situation spiraling out of control, which could lead to injury for the officer or excessive force complaints against them.Read more in Palladium-Item.Source: