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Book Review: Managing the Use of Force Incident

By Howard Webb; Reviewerd by Dr. Steve Albrecht, CPP

***** Managing the Use of Force Incident: For Criminal Justice Officers, Supervisors, and Administrators. By Howard Webb. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, www.ccthomas.com; 404 pages; $74.95.

Law enforcement officers need clear guidance on when to use force against people who are combative, resisting a lawful arrest, or occupying a space as trespass­ers. In the best of circumstances, even if a use-of-force incident does not end with an injury to the suspect or the officer, the chance of litigation as a result of any hands-on activities is always present.

The subtitle of this book refers to criminal justice officers, supervisors, and administrators, but the principles can also apply to security directors and managers whose officers may have to use force as part of their jobs. The laws do, of course, differ in terms of the authority provided to police as compared with that afforded to private security.

If those who report to you may ever have to put hands on people within the course and scope of their employment, then this book is a useful addition to your bookshelf.

In law enforcement, use-of-force events are commonplace and not always likely to involve litigation unless the injuries are severe, excessive, inhumane, or involve the in-custody death of the suspect. In security, on the other hand, even the briefest use-of-force incidents are much more likely to end up in court.

When security officers work in public venues, such as bars, department stores, sporting events, and concerts—there is always the possibility that a security officer will have to escort, remove, detain, or arrest someone.

In 12 chapters, this book offers a road­map to avoiding injuries to officers and suspects and to minimizing litigation.

(To continue reading this review from our July 2012 issue, please click here)

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