Upon the use of moderate to higher levels of use of force, a Pasco Police Officer is required to complete a Use of Force Report.
Pasco Police Officers do not use a firearm to gain compliance of a subject or for intimidation. Officers are not allowed to draw or display their firearm unless the circumstances create reasonable belief that is may be necessary to use the firearm in the performance of their duty.
Pasco Police Use of Force Policy
4.2.1 REPORTING WEAPON DISCHARGE AND USES OF FORCE
B. Use of Force Reporting
Employees are sometimes required to use force to make arrests and control situations. The use of force model outlines the progression of force options. Reportable force incidents which require the completion of a Use of Force Report, but are not limited to:
1. Control Tactics/ Impact Tactics (Takedown with injury, Strikes, Kicks)
2. Baton/Impact Weapons (Jabs, Strikes)
3. OC Spray
4. CEW (touch stun and probe deployment)
5. VNR (Level 2 and 3)
6. Canine (With bites)
7. Use of Force with a vehicle:
8. Use of Force with a Firearm
Supervisors will respond without necessary delay to all potential reportable uses of force.
When the use of force results in serious injury or death, investigators (Special Investigative Unit) and internal affairs will conduct an investigation. In these situations, officers are granted time, at the discretion of the Field Operations Captain, to contact legal counsel before completing a report or making a formal statement.
Pasco Police Procedure Manual
Authorized Force Tools, Description, Requirements, Uses and Considerations
- Use of Force with a firearm
Officers are not authorized to draw or display their firearms, except for training at an approved firearms range, unless the circumstances create reasonable belief that it may be necessary to use the firearm in the performance of their duty.