Use of Force

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Introduction

During your time within the Metropolitan Police you will come into a lot of encounters that will vary, a lot of these encounters will require certain levels of force. Within the document you will be informed on what types of weapons should be used for certain encounters.

Non-Lethal

Tackle

Only to be used against unarmed suspects, who are possibly trying to escape you - the tackle is a move where you sprint into someone - dragging them to the floor. After they have been tackled you can either detain or arrest - this is only to be used if the suspect is attempting to flee. Do not tackle someone standing still and complying with instructions.

Taser

The police issued taser is the first level of force that should be used within confrontations with the public, the police issued taser is a close quarters weapon that fires taser rounds that will result in the suspect being electrocuted and immobilised. We use this technique on members of the public that are causing a scene along with suspects that may not be compliant and have some sort of weapon on them. You must at all times use your taser first, unless the suspect has a firearm that can shoot at further ranges. If you are in situations that are in tight areas such as shops, you should always look to use your taser before using lethal force.

Baton

The police issued baton is a compliance tool used within the Metropolitan Police, this is primarily a defensive weapon against suspects that are causing a scene. This is another non lethal option within the police force that can be used to take down suspects in a less violent way. The baton is designed to outmatch opponents without any weapons. This can be used most of the time during close quarters engagements with members of the public. If you are unable to get close to the suspect for any reason, it is advised that you switch to your taser.

Flashlight

The flashlight is not to be used as a melee weapon unless it is already equipped in hand and there is no other option. The reason for this is that the flashlight does a significant amount less damage than the baton. The flashlight is a great tool for searching for suspects in the dark, and may help you out in lots of situations. Do not hit someone with a flashlight unless absolutely necessary.

Lethal

Glock

The Glock is a 9mm pistol that is used mainly within close quarter engagements. The Glock must only be used when you cannot taze the suspect as either too far or has heavier weaponry that you. If the suspect can be taken down via a taser then you must use that method of force. If this rule is broken, punishment will be handed out accordingly.

Remington

The Remington is a pump action shotgun to be used by shotgun trained officers of rank Sergeant or above. This is the final weapon you may be trained for without moving into a specialised division. The Remington shotgun is to be used in close quarters combat. It also has an extremely high recoil. Please be careful when using this weapon. If you do not have the appropriate training and are found to be using this weapon you will be striked. Do not use this in any situations that do not have a significant threat to life.

G36

The G36 is 5.56mm rifle designed for medium to long range encounters, this rifle is primarily used by NPAS as a support weapon while patrolling around key areas of the city. This weapon will only ever be used in large scale firearms incidents as it has a relatively fast fire rate along with a higher damage output than the rest of the police armoury. This weapon must only be used when all other uses of force are not deemed fit for the situation. Anyone caught using this firearm outside of it use of purpose will be given a punishment.

M4A1

The M4A1 5.56mm rifle is used widely within SCO-19 and TSG, the rifle is very similar to the G36 in many ways. However, to use this weapon you must be in either SCO-19 or TSG. This weapon is only deployed as a very last resort within the Metropolitan Police. The use of the weapon is for large scale firearms incidents along with suspects with heavy weaponry. It is of the utmost importance that every officer who has this firearm uses the correct uses of force for the situation at hand. If you are caught using this firearm outside of its intended purpose you will be punished by your unit command.

SIG MCX

The SIG MCX uses 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition. With an extremely fast fire rate this is to only be used by SCO19 members with the appropriate skill. This weapon is similar to the M4A1, however it is significantly more powerful. This weapon is only to be used by trained officers in large scale incidents relating to civilians with firearms or armed and dangerous criminals. Anyone caught using this firearm for any other reason or any other purpose will be punished by your unit command.