As part of my job I am preparing exhibits for an upcoming hearing, and one of the exhibits is a form about the continuum of force used by a law enforcement agency. It’s not what I’d expect, and it’s not easy to understand.
Because I think of use of force as a continuum of escalation, I’m surprised that this table is set out with the highest level of force first. I remember when I went shopping for a mattress, and the salesman had me try out the most expensive mattress first: every other mattress seemed inadequate after that. This is a report, not (as far as I know) a training tool, but I wonder about this decision, to order the elements in decreasing amount of force.
As I look at the individual entries I’m trying to imagine the use of each one from several perspectives: as an LEO, as a person being restrained, and as an observer. This is a very helpful exercise; try to get your local agency(ies)’s use of force policies and evaluation materials for your own review.