The Lakewood Police Department strives to deliver police services as efficiently and unobtrusively as possible. Police department members attempt to obtain voluntary compliance if the situation permits, recognizing that a subject’s decisions cannot be controlled.
The Lakewood Police Manual of Standards governs the department in all aspects of policing.
Use of Force
Under the manual, use of force is described.
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.
Read more about use of force in the manual.