Flashcards in Appointments Justifications Deck (5)
You are only justified in discharging your firearm when there is an immediate risk to your life, or the life of someone else, or there is an immediate risk of serious injury to you or someone else and there is no other way of preventing the risk.
The decision to use your baton rests with you. You may use your baton if in danger of being overpowered or to protect yourself or others from injury. The force used must always be reasonable.
The decision to handcuff rests with you. Officer safety is paramount. Generally, you are justified in handcuffing prisoners only when they have tried to escape, or to prevent escape or injury to themselves or others.
Defensive Spray Justification
Use defensive spray only for:
- Protection of human life
- As a less lethal option for controlling people, where violent resistance or confrontation occurs (or is likely to occur)
- Protection from animals.