- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina police department is implementing a new use-of-force policy which focuses on de-escalation and resolution.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/2pZuWTB) the Asheville Police Department installed the policy after officers completed training in de-escalation techniques. The draft policy completed last November holds city officers to a higher standard than the North Carolina statute.

Chief Tammy Hooper said it’s 100 percent different from the old policy.

The draft policy says that while North Carolina law stipulates officers have the right to use force in achieving lawful objectives, Asheville police officers are subject to a more restrictive policy.

Under the new policy, officers will “use de-escalation techniques to attempt to slow down and/or stabilize a situation to allow for more time, options, and resources for incident resolution.”

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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