Pasco Police Use of Force Procedure directs officers to use de-escalation when reasonable under the totality of circumstances.
The officers are trained in de-escalation and regularly train on the application.
When reasonable under the totality of circumstances, officers should gather information about the incident, assess the risks, assemble resources, attempt to slow momentum and communicate and coordinate a response. In their interaction with subjects, officers should use advisements, warnings, verbal persuasion, and other tactics and alternatives to higher levels of force. Officers should recognize that they may withdraw to a position that is tactically more secure or allows them greater distance in order to consider or deploy a greater variety of Force Options. Officers shall perform their work in a manner that avoids unduly jeopardizing their own safety or the safety of others through poor tactical decisions.
As a good practice, supervisors will acknowledge and respond to incidents in a timely manner where law enforcement use of force is probable. Supervisors should possess a good knowledge of tactics and ensure that officers under their supervision perform to a standard.
Authorized Force Tools, Description, Requirements, Uses and Considerations
- Presence and verbal communication
Level of Control – Low-Level Force
Officers will, when and to the extent reasonably possible, attempt to use verbal communication skills to control subjects before resorting to physical control methods.