Using force when encountering the EDP, or emotionally disturbed person, is an oft-debated subject among people not wearing the badge. For most cops, the use of force is pretty clear: the subject’s actions dictate our response, and while we don’t want to harm anyone, we cannot allow someone to hurt us or others regardless of the reason.
The Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) addressed the issue in the AELE Monthly Law Journal. February’s issue addressed the use of force, while the March issue addresses restraints and what to do after resistance ceases. Take a few minutes and see if your department policies and training measure up to the court cases and suggestions presented.