1.00.020 USE OF FIREARMS - AUTHORIZED (CALEA 1.2.2, 1.3.2)
A police officer is authorized and has the duty to prevent death or serious injury to self, a fellow officer, or a member of the public by utilizing whatever force necessary, including the use of firearms.
Firearms may be used to effect the arrest and/or prevent the escape of a person whom the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a dangerous felony when:
v The officer has probable cause to believe that the person poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another, and
v It s necessary to effect the arrest and/or prevent the escape, and
v Any other available means to obtain custody would be ineffective
Officers may also discharge a firearm in the performance of a police duty at an approved firing range.
Destruction of Animals
An officer may discharge a firearm in the performance of a police duty to destroy an animal that is either:
v Dangerous to the public safety; or
v Grievously injured and obviously suffering pain
The on-duty field supervisor will respond to the scene and provide authorization before destroying any animal unless immediate action is required to prevent harm to the officer or a member of the public.