POLICE Magazine

JUL 2019

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20 POLICE JULY 2019 IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, legislation is being put forth to change the current use-of-force standard (Graham v. Connor) with more restrictive laws. ere is no question use-of-force standards are currently one of the most politically charged policies in the nation. Several use-of-force cases have been tried in our com- munities and in today's public court of opinion. However, no matter where you stand on this issue, it is critical for our officers to be both educated on these latest trends in legislation and properly trained on the use of force so they can make the best decisions possible in high-pressure situations. STRAINED BUDGETS According to a 2018 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Police officers have a higher risk of incurring a work-related injury or illness than most other occupations. On average 115 police and sheriff's patrol officers suffered fatal work injuries each year from 2003 to 2014. Another 30,990 nonfatal injuries involving days away from work were reported for police and sheriff's patrol officers on average each year from 2009 to 2014." While this level of risk isn't groundbreaking to any of us in the field of law enforce- ment, it calls to mind the fact that on a daily basis we are heading into dangerous situ- ations, often without all the facts and with only seconds to act. Training is a critical factor in helping agencies and officers understand and keep up g SOFTWARE, CLOUD-BASED VIDEOS, AND INTERNET- BASED INSTRUCTION CAN TEACH OFFICERS ABOUT NEW LAWS AND POLICIES AND REDUCE LIABILITY. RICHARD BEARY TRAINING OFFICERS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY PHOTO: GET T Y IMAGES

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