Use of Force in Policing

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) defines Use of Force (UOF) as any physical or mechanical intervention used by a member or employee to defend, control, overpower, restrain or overcome the resistance of an individual. OPD takes UOF seriously and has employed several strategies to reduce its occurrence (see see data and definitions, strategies, and links to UOF levels below).

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UOF Levels

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Definitions and Policies

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