Denver police changing use of force policy

9NEWS @ 5. 10/27/2016

KUSA - The Denver Police Department is taking a new approach to its use-of-force policy to adapt to the way policing is seen in 2016.

Denver's Police Chief Robert White is creating a new policy to encourage officers to use the least amount of force, and to understand even if it's legal, it may not be necessary.

He says the shift in policy is because expectations of police are different now than they were even a decade ago.

"What I really want the officers to understand is it's really not good enough today to make actions solely based on legality," White said. "We need them to understand we're in an environment where citizens have a right and they're starting to question us, what we do and why we do it."

White says over the last few months he's talked to about 500 officers about three specific things:

1. What the department can do to make life better, and safe for officers -- and make sure they get what they need.

2. The sanctity of life.

3. Making decisions that are legal, but necessary.

He says at this point, the use-of-force policy is still in draft form and will need to be approved by several groups, including the community, before it is put in place.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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