Are PPD Officers required to provide warnings before using deadly force?

The Pasco Police Use of Force Procedure directs officers to use advisements in an effort to de-escalate a situation.

Pasco Police Use of Force Procedure

Use of Force Model

D.  Levels of Control (see Use of Force Model)

3.  Deadly Force

Parameters for Use of Deadly Force

An officer may use deadly force upon another person only when it is objectively reasonable to:

  1. Protect themselves or others from what is reasonably believed to be an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury;
  2. Prevent the escape of a fleeing felon who the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a violent felony crime and is an imminent threat to human life if escape should occur. Officers will give some warning, if feasible, prior to the use of deadly force. Example:  “Police!  Stop, or I will shoot!”

Use of Force Procedure

E.  De-Escalation

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

Approved Use:

Officers will, when and to the extent reasonably possible, attempt to use verbal communication skills to control subjects before resorting to physical control methods.

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1. Is de-escalation required by PPD officers?
2. Do PPD Officers use body worn cameras?
3. Are PPD Officers required to provide warnings before using deadly force?
4. Do PPD Officers have a duty to intervene?
5. Does the PPD ban shooting at moving vehicles?
6. Is it required for PPD Officers to use a Use of Force continuum?
7. Does the PPD require comprehensive reporting of use of force?
8. Does the PPD ban chokeholds and strangleholds?
9. Are PPD Officers required to give medical aid?
10. Does PPD Investigate their own officer-involved shootings?