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2nd Edition

Officer-Involved Shootings and Use of Force
Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition

ISBN 9780849387982
Published June 8, 2007 by Routledge
250 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book 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.

Table of Contents

Why Use a Model Policy
Homicide Investigation
Developing a Use of Force Policy
Taser Model Policy
Assigning Investigative Responsibility
Need for Investigative Guidelines
Investigative Authority
Organizational Structure
Investigative Response
Scene Investigation
Duties of Incident Scene Investigators
Incident Scene Investigation
Handling Suspects
Uninjured Suspect
Injured Suspect
Deceased Suspect
Interviewing Witnesses
General Guidelines
Preliminary Statements
Opening Questions
Questioning About Incident
Interviewing Employees Involved in Incidents of Violence
General Guidelines
Protecting the Employee’s Welfare and Civil Rights
Employee Interview
Post-Interview Procedures
Documenting Incidents
Report Preparation
Investigating Forced and Assisted Suicides
Suicidal Actions
Strategies for Crisis Negotiators and First Responders
Investigating Suicidal Suspect Incidents
Employee Interview
Investigating In-Custody Deaths
          Investigative Guidelines
Positional Asphyxia and Excited Delirium Deaths
The Myth of Positional Asphyxia
Excited Delirium
Less lethal Weapons
Case Studies
Excited Delirium Model Policy
Working with Incident Review Boards
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
Liability Issues
Responsibilities of Tactical Units
Documentation of training and operations
National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)
Investigations involving Tactical Unit Officers
Multijurisdictional Investigations
        Implementation of Multijurisdictional Team
        Model Policy
        Investigative Response
Handling the Media and Politically Charged Situations
Dissemination of Information
Case Studies
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
Post-Incident Officer Support
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
Mental Health Service Providers
Mental Health Services and the Bigger Picture
Checklists and Sample Forms
        Incident Roster
        Crime Scene Access Log
        Crime Scene Checklist

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