Officer-Involved Shootings and Use of Force

Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition

By David E. Hatch, Randy Dickson

Series Editor: Vernon J. Geberth

© 2007 – CRC Press

250 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780849387982
pub: 2007-06-08
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About the Book

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


About the Series

Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science