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Level 3 Use of Force (UOF)

Level 3 UOF represents the 3rd most severe level of force (1 being most severe and 1 being most severe). Read below to learn more about Level 3 UOF as well as OPD UOF definitions and policies.

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Definitions and Policies

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Level 3 Uses of Force include the following:

  • Oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray or other chemical agent applied to a person
  • Any use of an electronic control device when:
    • One or more probes impact or penetrate the subject’s clothing or skin
    • When the push stun arc touches the subject’s clothing or skin
    • When an electronic control device is fired at a subject and misses
  • Any use of an impact weapon or other instrument when no contact is made
  • Any non-striking use of a baton, such as prying limbs apart, moving, or controlling a person
  • Any of the following weaponless defense techniques: hand, palm, or elbow strikes; kicks; leg sweeps; takedowns
  • Any on-duty firearm discharge at an animal other than to dispatch an injured animal