FAQs: Use of Force, Police Accountability, Officer Training, Community Outreach

The recent deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of police officers have put focus on how police departments use force, how officers are held accountable, how they are trained, and what steps can be taken to make policing better for everyone in the community. We hear you. We are dedicated – and bound by policy, law and humanity – to treat every person equally and with respect. In our ongoing commitment to transparency, please find answers below to some of our most commonly asked questions (download/print instead):

Use of Force

Does your department allow officers to use chokehold techniques? 
NO, chokeholds are NOT permitted. Intentional strikes or pressure to the throat with the hands, feet, legs, elbows, knees, or any implement are strictly prohibited. 

Does your department require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers and report these incidents immediately to a supervisor?
Yes. A member has the duty to intervene to prevent or stop another member’s use of force if he or she knows