- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Denver Police Department is drafting a new use of force policy designed to ensure officers use the least amount of force necessary to de-escalate situations.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/2eSOL9H) the new guidelines are based on progressive policies recommended by national policing experts.

Chief Robert White says the new policy will help the department move in a direction where officers use force only when “absolutely necessary.”

He says the draft is almost finished and will be reviewed by officers, community leaders and the Office of the Independent Monitor. The reviewing parties will have a chance to provide input before the policy is finalized.

The change comes after the Denver Sheriff Department amended its use of force policy to implement a standard of “reasonable and necessary” force.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com


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