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Philosophy on Use of Force

For a consulting proposal I'm working on, I needed to write a one-page summary of my police use of force philosophy. I thought I'd share it here to spark a discussion:

First and foremost, I believe in dignified policing. This requires a sense of pride in self, peers, and agency. However, at its core, dignified policing is about treating citizens with respect, compassion, and understanding. When a police officer allows a citizen to retain his/her dignity, amazing things are possible.

I believe in enforcing the law in accordance to the Constitution. As such, police officers must operate within the confines of case law, specifically that of the Fourth Amendment. An intimate knowledge of Search and Seizure is a foundation for legitimate law enforcement.
Department use of force policy should mirror case law standards. Words such as minimum, avoidable, and necessary have no place in agency policy. Determining force’s avoid-ability or necessity requires either a crystal ball or time mac…

The Managers Take Apart What The Leaders Build

As the unstructuring or, as we'll call it, the destructive deduction unfolds, it shifts toward a creative induction to stop the trend toward disorder and chaos to satisfy a goal-oriented need for increased order. Paradoxically, then, an entropy increase permits both the destruction, or unstructuring, of a closed system and the creation of a new system to nullify the march toward randomness and death.- COL John Boyd, 1976.
A central theme of John Boyd's Destruction and Creation, from which I quote above, is the contrast between synthesisand analysis.  As I study this paper, my mind (oddly) applies much of his ideas to human leadership and management theory. 
One of Boyd's main arguments is thatcreationis movement from the specific to the general;destructionmoves from the general to the specific. Essentially, a creator takes parts and builds something new, whereas a destroyer takes the whole and deconstructs it into its parts.
Leaders are those who create, build, and synthesize…

The Routine Traffic Stop: Why There Is Such a Thing and Why Cops Should Embrace the Term

I wonder how many cops, by the time they've read the title of this post, have already uttered the canned response...There's no such thing as a ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP!
I write knowing full well that I am almost completely alone believing there actually exists such a thing as a ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP. If we in police training are going to be effective at stopping violence and ambushes against police officers, the term should be embraced, not pushed away.

Just give me a chance at changing your mind....I'm going to need all the help I can get to sway the rest of the three-quarters of a million American police officers who refuse to believe anything in our line of work is routine.

Let's first get some formalities out of the way, so I can more succinctly defend my position. Allow me to bounce around for a bit....
Car Stops Cops quite frequently make contact with occupants of cars. It might be to help a motorist whose car is disabled along the roadway. Maybe responding to a citiz…