Does the Redmond Police Department have clear standards for when force can be used?

The Redmond Police Department’s Manual of Standards is an annually evaluated document that clearly defines when and how Redmond Police Officers can use force and how it will be documented afterward. These standards are compliant with Federal and State laws as well. The use of force philosophy of the Redmond Police Department is as follows: 

Philosophy: The Redmond Police Department strives to deliver police services as efficiently and unobtrusively as possible with minimal reliance upon the use of physical force or response to resistance. It is recognized that officers are expected to make split-second decisions and that the amount of time available to evaluate and respond to changing circumstances may impact an officer’s decision. While various degrees of force exist, each officer is expected to use only that degree of force reasonable under the circumstances perceived by the officer at the time of the event to successfully accomplish the legitimate law enforcement purpose and bring the incident under control.

 Redmond Police Department Use of Force Policy



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1. How do Community Members get involved with the Redmond Police Department?
2. How does the Redmond Police Department work with subjects dealing with a mental health, homelessness or other crisis, so they stay out of the criminal justice system?
3. What is the Community Equity Action Team?
4. Do the Redmond Police wear body cameras?
5. Does the Redmond Police Department have clear standards for when force can be used?
6. Does the Redmond Police Department allow chokeholds?
7. When can Redmond Police Officers use deadly force?
8. Does the Redmond Police Department require officers to exhaust all alternatives before using deadly force?
9. Does the Redmond Police Department ban shooting at moving vehicles?
10. Does the Redmond Police Department have a use of force continuum?
11. What is the expectation of a Redmond Police Officer who observes excessive force?
12. How does the Redmond Police Department track use of force in their agency?
13. Does the Redmond Police Department investigate themselves if deadly force is used?
14. Do the Redmond Police provide immediate medical assistance after a use of force?
15. Does the Redmond Police Department share employee information with other departments if an employee leaves after discipline?
16. Does the Redmond Police have a policy about filming the police?
17. Does RPD have any surplus military equipment received under the federal 1033 program?
18. What kind of de-escalation training do Redmond Police Officers receive?
19. Do Redmond Police Officers receive any training on implicit bias, racism or prejudice?
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21. How do I file a complaint on a Redmond Police Employee?
22. Does the Redmond PD follow the six pillars of the 21st Century Policing Task Force report released by the Obama administration in 2015?