Use of Force
It is the policy of the Tiverton Police Department to value and preserve human life. Officers shall use only the force that is objectively reasonable to effectively bring an incident under control, while protecting the safety of the officer and others. Officers shall use force only when no reasonably effective alternative appears to exist and shall use only the level of force, which a reasonably prudent officer would use under the same or similar circumstances. The decision to use force requires careful attention to the facts and circumstances of each particular case, including the severity of the crime at issue, whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officer or others, and whether he/she is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight. Additionally, the ‘reasonableness’ of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the “20/20” vision of hindsight. The question is whether the officers’ actions are ‘objectively reasonable’ in light of the facts and circumstances confronting them at the time of the incident.
Please click the below links to see the Tiverton Police Department's Use of Force Policy and Use of Force Reporting Policy:
An annual summary of all use-of-force incidents is required by Department policy. Please click the below links for the annual reports.
If you feel that a member of the Tiverton Police Department has failed to follow the Department's Use of Force policy and wish to file a complaint, please click HERE.