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National Police Orgs Recommend De-Escalation Be Adopted Across The US

Several organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, contributed to a consensus policy on the use of force.
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National Police Orgs Recommend De-Escalation Be Adopted Across The US

Eleven national law enforcement agencies, including the Fraternal Order of Police, have agreed de-escalation is needed in police departments around the country.

Organizations like the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives contributed to a National Consensus Policy on Use of Force.

The policy, released Tuesday, recommends using de-escalation techniques before an officer resorts to use of force. It also advises police departments across the country to "value and preserve human life." 

Writing a de-escalation requirement into police department policies has been a point of interest for many activists across the country. 

"We were shooting a high number of unarmed citizens, a high number of minorities," said Kirk Primas, assistant sheriff with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. 

It's also been a major part of reform for departments that have faced Justice Department investigations, including Las Vegas, Seattle and Cleveland.  

In Las Vegas specifically, use-of-force reforms have actually caused a significant drop in deadly force incidents across the department.

Lots of police organizations have agreed on this consensus policy. But it's important to point out that it's only a template for law enforcement agencies and in no way requires officers to change their existing policies.