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Officer-Involved Shootings and Use of Force

Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition

By David E. Hatch, Randy Dickson

Series Editor: Vernon J. Geberth

CRC Press – 2007 – 256 pages

Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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    978-0-8493-8798-2
    June 8th 2007

Description

Officer-Involved Shootings and Use of Force: Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition continues to provide sound and sober models, protocols, and procedures to handle the highly charged fall-out from officer involved shootings. Written by cops for cops, it is designed to address the needs of the agency, the rights of the employee, and the concerns of the public, and give law enforcement the policies and tools to properly investigate and document this high profile area.

Updated and expanded, the second edition welcomes contributions from Randy Dickson, one of the nation’s leading experts, who presents new recommendations for post-incident support and the emotional aspect of these traumatic events, including the potential for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered by the officer. Other new chapters include a study of incidents involving less lethal weapons, such as Tasers, a model policy for documenting these incidents, and the latest findings on positional asphyxia and Excited Delirium Deaths. The book also includes additional information on report writing and the proper handling of media and public information policy. The author offers expert tips on procedures including handling suspects, interviewing witnesses and employees, and investigating the scene, as well as critical points for working with assisted suicides. New, up-to-date case studies illustrate and explain the need for consistent, reliable protocols to protect the agency, the officer, and the public from unnecessary litigation, public distrust, media frenzy, and harm to either the agency’s or the officer’s reputation.

Applicable to all levels including city, county, state, and federal law enforcement, thisSecond Editioncontains an “outstanding presentation of guidelines, authority, and assignment responsibility to establish the best organizational team structure to investigate [officer-involved] shootings,” says Larry Moore, Certified Emergency Manager, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Contents

Why Use a Model Policy

Background

Homicide Investigation

         

Developing a Use of Force Policy

Introduction

Taser Model Policy

               

Assigning Investigative Responsibility

Need for Investigative Guidelines

Investigative Authority

Organizational Structure

Investigative Response

Summary

Scene Investigation

Introduction

Duties of Incident Scene Investigators

Incident Scene Investigation

Handling Suspects

Introduction

Uninjured Suspect

Injured Suspect

Deceased Suspect

Interviewing Witnesses

Introduction

General Guidelines

Preliminary Statements

Opening Questions

Questioning About Incident

Closing

Interviewing Employees Involved in Incidents of Violence

Introduction

General Guidelines

Protecting the Employee’s Welfare and Civil Rights

Employee Interview

Post-Interview Procedures

Summary

Documenting Incidents

Introduction

Report Preparation

      

Investigating Forced and Assisted Suicides

Introduction

Suicidal Actions

Strategies for Crisis Negotiators and First Responders

Investigating Suicidal Suspect Incidents

Employee Interview

Summary

Investigating In-Custody Deaths

          Introduction

          Investigative Guidelines

                  

Positional Asphyxia and Excited Delirium Deaths

The Myth of Positional Asphyxia

Excited Delirium

Less lethal Weapons

Case Studies

Comments/Conclusions

Excited Delirium Model Policy

Summary

Working with Incident Review Boards

Introduction

Incident Review Boards

Model of Review Board

Garrity v New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967)

Examples of Administrative Warnings

LVMPD Officer Training Program

Board Presentation for Use of Force Incidents

 Alternatives to Use of Deadly Force

Use of Force by Tactical Units

Introduction

Liability Issues

Responsibilities of Tactical Units

Documentation of training and operations

National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

Investigations involving Tactical Unit Officers

Multijurisdictional Investigations

        Introduction

        Implementation of Multijurisdictional Team

        Model Policy

        Definitions

        Investigative Response

        Summary

Handling the Media and Politically Charged Situations

Introduction

Dissemination of Information

Case Studies

Summary

The Individual Impact of Officer-Involved Shootings

Perceptions, Reactions and Reality

The Body’s Response

The Mind’s Response

Measuring the Occurrence Rate: Perceptions, Responses and Distortions

Summary

Post-Incident Officer Support

Introduction

Pre-Incident Preparation and Education: Mechanics and Mindsets

The Role of the Peer Support Officer

Peer Support Team Development

Peer Support Personnel Recruitment

Peer Support Training

Psychological Services

Policies

Mental Health Service Providers

Mental Health Services and the Bigger Picture

Summary

Checklists and Sample Forms

        Introduction

        Incident Roster

        Crime Scene Access Log

        Crime Scene Checklist

Index

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Description: By David E. Hatch, Randy DicksonSeries Editor: Vernon J. Geberth. Officer-Involved Shootings and Use of Force: Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition continues to provide sound and sober models, protocols, and procedures to handle the highly charged fall-out from officer involved shootings. Written by cops...
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