Border Patrol Unveils Revised Use of Force Guidelines

Last week U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske unveiled a revised use of force policy for the agency, as well as the results of a study from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The new policy incorporates many recommendations on use of force by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general, as well as those from the PERF report.

CBP has received attention in recent years when officers have used deadly force against rock-throwers and in other situations.

Changes to the use of force guidelines include: requiring additional training in the use of safe tactics and instituting a requirement to carry less-lethal devises based on operational needs and requirements.

CBP is also undertaking a comprehensive review and redesign of its basic training curriculum, developing a center of excellence to study use of force policy and procedures, installing border fence training venues, and purchasing use of force training simulators to give officers and agents a more realistic job training experience.

“We initiated both internal and external use of force reviews to improve ourselves and our responsibility to the public and to use force only when necessary,” said Commissioner Kerlikowske. “This release and, most importantly, the policy and training changes they represent are the beginning of a continuous review of our responsibility to only use force when it is necessary to protect people.”

To access the revised use of force handbook, click here

Tags: Customs and Border Protection , Border Patrol, use of deadly force, use of force

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