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The Use of Force by Police

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This chapter considers standards dealing with the use of force by police expressed in three international instruments. The greater part of the chapter is devoted to the Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. The other two instruments, the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the European Code of Police Ethics, deal with other important aspects of police behavior. The three non-treaty instruments allow use of force for any legitimate policing purpose, reinforcing the point that use of force is integral to policing, and that the function of policing may be seen as one of seeking to resolve any situation in society in which force may be used. The chapter concludes with a review and summary of international standards on the use of force by police.

Keywords: European code; firearms; international law; international standards; law enforcement officials; police ethics; use of force



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