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University Police Use of Force Policy

Use of Force

  • 300.1 — Purpose & Scope

    Law enforcement officers around the country and here in New York state are authorized to use reasonable and legitimate force in specific circumstances. Federal constitutional and state statutory standards dictate when and how much force can be used. This policy is founded in these standards, but is not intended to be an exhaustive recitation of state and/or federal legal framework governing use of force. The policy is in accordance with Executive Law §840(4)(d)(3).

    This policy is not intended to endorse or prohibit any particular tactic, technique, or method of employing force. Separate policy guidance and training should be provided for each of the available force instrumentalities made available to officers.

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