Use of Force Definitions and Policies

OPD takes Use of Force (UOF) seriously and provides precise UOF definitions to guide polices and procedures


How We Define Use of Force

Basic Definitions

  • Use of Force - Any physical or mechanical intervention used by a member or employee to defend, control, overpower, restrain or overcome the resistance of an individual.
  • Reasonable Force - That amount of force that is objectively reasonable to affect a lawful police purpose and protect the safety of members or others based upon the totality of the circumstances.
  • Lethal Force - Any force that creates a substantial risk of causing death or serious bodily injury.
  • Less-Lethal Force - Any use of force, other than lethal force, which by design and application is less likely to cause serious bodily injury or death.
  • Officer-Involved Shooting - Any non-accidental discharge of a firearm by an officer outside of training.

OPD UOF Policy

OPD Reporting and Investigating UOF Policy

OPD Force Review Board and Executive Force Review Board Policy