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United States of America
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TO ARREST TRAINING MANUAL
According to our legal system, a person is innocent until proven guilty. It is up to the
court to decide if a person is guilty - not the police, not the district attorney, and not a
private person. When a person is arrested, he is called a suspect. He is then considered a
suspect until the court finds him guilty or innocent. Therefore, do not refer to an arrested
person as the “criminal,” “offender,” “robber,” “murderer,” “burglar,” or by any other
which implies guilt. You can say “he,” “she,” “they,”
“this person,” or “the
suspect” since none of these terms imply guilt.
If you should happen to be in a situation where an arrest is called for, you should tell the
person that he is under arrest and what the charges are, and your authority to make the
arrest. Once you say “You are under arrest for burglary,” the suspect may or may not
cooperate. If the suspect resists and tries to escape, you must then decide whether or not
to use reasonable force. You may ask as many persons as you think necessary to help
you in making the arrest.
OF FORCE IN AN ARREST
If a suspect resists arrest, you are allowed to use reasonable force to subdue him.
Reasonable force is that degree of force that is not excessive and is appropriate in
protecting oneself or one’s property. If the suspect submits willingly, no force is
necessary. If a suspect should resist arrest, remember that the only force allowed is that
which is reasonable and necessary to overcome the resistance.
IS EXCESSIVE FORCE?
Examples of excessive force include knocking unconscious an unarmed suspect when he
is only trying to leave the scene. Handcuffs may be used on persons who have resisted or
on suspects you think may be trying to resist or escape.
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