Use of Force
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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.
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.
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.
The Glock is a 9mm pistol that is used mainly within close quarter engagements. The Glock must only be used when you cannot tase 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.
The Remington is a pump action shotgun which is issued to all Sergeants within the Metropolitan Police. The shotguns main purpose is for close quarters engagements. This is the final weapon you will get within the Metropolitan Police without advancing into a division. The shotgun is the last resort of force to use within the police. The shotgun should only be used upon a suspect that has heavy firearms on him. Along with this, you must deem it unsafe to use the taser or Glock to use the Remington. If you are caught using the Remington outside of its use of force a punishment will be handed out accordingly
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.
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.