The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) recently published “30 Guiding Principles” the organization feels every American law enforcement agency should adopt to better handle the extremely controversial aspects of police use of force.
We will closely examine the 30 Guiding Principles presented by PERF. Some are very good recommendations, but others appear horribly misguided. A document like this, from an organization like PERF, can have wide-ranging impact on the profession of law enforcement. As such, any document recommending sweeping changes needs to be very closely evaluated based upon its source, the document’s content, and the reasoning behind publishing such a document.