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
UPD has adopted a nationally recognized best practice and trains officers on a progressive use of force model.
8 ACCOUNTABILITY & REPORTING
Reporting and justification is required when officers use strength or skill or display or use a weapon. Every report is reviewed by each supervisor.