Police Use of Force & Excessive Force: Situations & Guidelines


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Why is it challenging to legally determine the use of excessive force by police?

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1. Which of the following would be most likely to be considered an excessive use of force by a police officer?

2. The Use of Force Continuum can be defined as _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Anyone who watches the news has heard about police use of force, especially with the news featuring stories about excessive use of force. This assessment will focus on the terms associated with the levels of force police officers use to resolve situations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on key facts about police use of force and excessive force, such as:

  • Definition of excessive force
  • Force choices
  • Legal test of excessive force
  • Preferred method for resolving a situation

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as use of force and excessive force
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Use of Force Continuum and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about various methods employed by police officers to maintain social order

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of force by police, review the accompanying lesson titled, Police Use of Force & Excessive Force: Situations & Guidelines. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define use of force and explain why police are authorized to use force
  • Understand the Use of Force Continuum and explain its five levels
  • Explain what a Conducted Energy Device is
  • Analyze the ramifications of violating an offender's Constitutional rights