CJA/214 - Analysis of Deadly Force

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The term “deadly force” is a grim one. It does not bring out happy thoughts nor is it a term many individuals like to use. However, “deadly force” is a term some law enforcement officers have to use throughout their law enforcement career. Deadly force is defined as using any type of physical force that can cause death or physical injury.

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RUNNING HEAD: ANALYSIS OF DEADLY FORCE1ANALYSIS OF DEADLY FORCECJA/214 Introduction to Police Theory and PracticesThe term deadly force is a grim one. It does not bring out happy thoughts nor isit a term many individuals like to use. However, deadly force is a term some law enforcementofficers have to use throughout their law enforcement career. Deadly force is defined as usingany type of physical force that can cause death or physical injury. According to US Legal (2012),In order for deadly force to be justified there must be an immediate, otherwise unavoidablethreat of death or grave bodily harm to yourself or other innocents. (para. 1) For lawenforcement officers this is truly a difficult call to make and the process that comes after is noteasy as well.Law Enforcement TrainingWorking in law enforcement requires law enforcement officers to be properlytrained and make crucial decisions that will affect not only others but themselves as well. One ofthe many decisions that law enforcement officers make on the line of duty is whether or notdecide to use deadly force in dire situations. Law enforcement officers are trained to handlepotentially lethal situations, and to ensure the officer knows that just because he/she has the rightto emit deadly force and he/she can justify it, does not mean that it could end in an overallpositive outcome with the community. Each law enforcement agency has different methods inapproaching the use of d

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