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UPD Safety and Accountability Measures

1
Chokeholds & Strangleholds Not Authorized

UPD does not authorize the use of neck restraints or similar weaponless control techniques with a potential for serious bodily injury.

2 Deescalation is Required

Officers are required to use deescalation techniques whenever possible and appropriate before resorting to the use of force.

3 Verbal Warning

When reasonably safe to do so, officers are required to issue a verbal warning before shooting.

4 Required to Exhaust all Alternatives

Deadly force may only be used as a last resort when there is no apparent immediate alternative.

5 Duty to Intervene

Officers must intervene and report when they observe another officer using excessive force.

6 Shooting at Moving Vehicles Banned

Officers are prohibited from discharging firearms from a moving vehicle or at a fleeing vehicle.

7 Our Use of Force Model

Officers are required to adhere to a use of force continuum.

8 Accountability & Reporting

Officers required to complete use of force reports documenting the use and justification. Reports are reviewed by each supervisor in the chain of command.