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Law Enforcement Policies

This Policies section highlights how law enforcement policy plays out in the real world, while also connecting you with best practices for drafting, updating and ensuring accountability with policies.

Under Elizabeth PD Chief Giacommo Sacca’s leadership, the department has embraced the vital role of accreditation in modern policing
The court decides whether to grant law enforcement officers qualified immunity for failure to render medical care following an overdose
The ramifications of marijuana legislation on police departments and their hiring processes
The policy will forbid officers from stopping drivers or pedestrians for nine traffic infractions under most circumstances, such as driving without functioning rear brake lights
The bill aims to clarify the confusion surrounding a 2023 state law that put new restrictions on officers’ use of prone restraints on students in schools
Will your recording have a soundtrack? If so, what does that soundtrack say about you as a person and as a police officer?
How law enforcement agencies from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska are joining forces to address critical public safety issues and advocate for meaningful legislative reform
Tune in for tomorrow’s all-new episode, where host Jim Dudley talks with Brian Marvel about the formation of the West Coast Law Enforcement Coalition
Chief Michel Moore and an internal LAPD review board found the officer, Oswaldo Pedemonte, had broken from policy when he drove into the knife-wielding suspect at a slow speed
PERF, COPS Office, NHTSA and the Pursuits Working Group wrote guidance for law enforcement when developing or revising their vehicle pursuit policies
Known as SB 4, the Texas state law makes it a misdemeanor to cross the international border without authorization and authorizes police officers to carry out immigration enforcement
Exploring new strategies for reducing gun deaths through research and data analysis
Tune in for tomorrow’s all-new episode, where host Jim Dudley talks with Axon’s experts to unravel the complexities of officer-involved shootings and the potential for reducing gun fatalities
The policies were relaxed in 2016 to allow beards, knit caps and loose collars
The bill would prevent officers from pulling over motorists for reasons such as driving with an expired registration sticker, various equipment failures and driving without a seat belt
The new law requires officers to record the apparent race, gender and age of every person officers question, even if they are not suspected of committing a crime
The overhaul limited NYPD’s ability to use “kettling” tactics and implemented a four-tiered strategy dictating when officers can take enforcement during protests
The feature allows the department chief to access videos of all interactions officers have, even if they forget or are unable to record incidents as they occur
Former officer Christopher Schurr had appealed to have murder charges against him dropped, saying that his shooting of the suspect was within department policy
The policy, which was voted down by the Brooklyn Center city council, would have restricted pretextual stops
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“In times of need, we want to do everything we can to protect those in crisis and get them timely help and health,” Gov. Phil Murphy said
“We don’t want to handcuff police. We want to handcuff bad people. That’s the goal,” Mayor Eric Adams stated
“The act of fleeing to avoid a lawful arrest in a public place demonstrates defendant’s intent to place as much distance as possible between himself and the property left behind,” the high court wrote
The Atlanta PD changed its policy and the South Fulton city council passed a resolution no longer allowing the arrests after a man died when a TASER was deployed at him
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Examining the evolving landscape of enforcement strategies
Chief Cerelyn Davis made a presentation during the meeting that detailed accomplishments during her tenure, including hiring more than 400 officers and expanding community-oriented policing
Front-line supervisors play a key role in managing use-of-force incidents by shaping training and upholding standards in police agencies
How policies and training empower effective enforcement in San Diego
Discretion requires officers to think ahead to possible, unintended consequences. Are we adequately training officers in the valor of its use?