Public Order Policing: Use of Force

Captain Spencer Fomby states that public order policing is one of the most complex areas of modern policing and requires specialized training and expertise. When police intervene in a protest event, the focus is often on the use of force. While police in the other western countries have invested considerable resources to improving public order policing, American police agencies have long neglected this specialty. By summarizing historical trends and current challenges, Fomby provides an overview of the current use of force landscape in American public order policing. Case study and real-world examples are offered as guidance for police leaders to develop effective use of force capabilities that conform with best practices, legal restrictions, and model policies.

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