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Special Order - Use of Force 1-10-19 Related to §§ 7.1.2.4-7.1.2.15Date: To: From: Subject: City of Long Beach Working Together to Serve January 10, 2019 DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES Robert Luna, Chief of Police SPECIAL ORDER -USE OF FORCE Memorandum This special order modifies the use of force review and approval responsibilities in LBPD Manual § 7 .1.2 USE OF FORCE. All personnel listed in sections 7.1.2.8 through 7.1 .2.13 are responsible for reviewing and approving all use of force reports which includes police reports and digital evidence (i.e. photos/video) involving the below levels of force. A use of force shall be categorized using the following use of force levels for review and approval purposes: Level 1 -Chemical weapons, spit hood, hobble, and any physical force including, control holds with ongoing complaint of pain and takedowns. Level 2 -Any force using the carotid restraint, or a non-lethal weapon including a conducted electrical weapon, impact weapons, canine, or less lethal munitions. Level 3 -Lethal force including, but not limited to firearms, vehicle contact, knives or any other weapon used as a lethal weapon . Incidents of force directly involved in an officer involved shooting or in-custody death will follow the established review process in 8.2.7 FIREARMS-SHOOTING REVIEW BOARD and will not be reviewed through the employees standard chain of command. Any other force not directly related to an officer involved shooting or in-custody death will follow the established review process in sections 7 .1.2.8 through 7.1.2.13. 7.1.2.8 USE OF FORCE -SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES Item number 11 is amended as follows: 11) Review the incident/arrest report and all supplemental reports to the use of force incident as well any digital evidence available at the time of filing involving a level 1, 2, or 3 use of force; and The remainder of 7 .1.2.8 is unchanged and remains in effect. 7.1.2.10 USE OF FORCE-WATCH COMMANDER RESPONSIBILITIES Item number 1 is amended as follows: 1) Review the incident/arrest reports, along with all connecting reports regarding the use of force incident and either approve or send them back to the author for corrections or a supplemental report; January 10, 2019 DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES Page2 Item number 4 in section 7.1.2.10 is amended as follows: 4) Review the Supervisor's Use of Force Report via BlueTeam involving a level 1, 2, or 3 use of as well as any digital evidence (i.e. photos/video) available, provide recommendations if any, and recommend whether the use of force is in policy or, refer to internal affairs for further investigation, and/or take other corrective action; The remainder of 7.1.2.10 is unchanged and remains in effect. 7.1.2.11 USE OF FORCE -INVOLVED EMPLOYEE LIEUTENANT RESPONSIBILITIES Review the Supervisor's Use of Force Report via BlueTeam involving a level 1, 2, or 3 use of force per this special order, including any police reports and digital evidence (i.e. photos/video), provide recommendations if any, and recommend whether the use of force is in policy or, refer to internal affairs for further investigation, and/or take other corrective action. Forward the Supervisor's Use of Force Report via Blue Team to the involved employee's Commander within a timely manner. 7.1.2.12 USE OF FORCE-DIVISION COMMANDER RESPONSIBILITIES Review any level 1 Supervisor's Use of Force Report via BlueTeam, which shall include reviewing any police reports and digital evidence (i.e. photos/video). Make a final determination whether the use of force is in policy or, recommend refer to internal affairs for further investigation, and/or take other corrective action. Forward the completed Use of Force report via Blue Team to the Internal Affairs Division in a timely manner. If a level 1 use of force results in serious injury including but not limited to an injury requiring ten or more sutures/staples, broken bones, head injury or any other serious injury, it shall be forwarded to the involved employees Bureau Office for review and approval. Any Bureau Chief reserves the right to review a level 1 use of force to make a final determination on the incident. Review any level 2 or 3 Supervisor's Use of Force Report via Blue Team including any police reports and digital evidence (i.e. photos/video). Provide recommendations if any, and determine whether the use of force is in policy or, refer to internal affairs for further investigation, and/or take other corrective action. Forward the Supervisor's Use of Force Report via Blue Team to the involved employee's Bureau Deputy Chief within a timely manner. 7.1.2.13 USE OF FORCE-BUREAU RESPONSIBILITIES Review level 2 or 3 Supervisor's Use of Force Report via BlueTeam including any police reports and digital evidence (i.e. photos/video). Provide final recommendations January 10, 2019 DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES Page 3 if any, and make a final determination on all level 2 use of force reports as to whether the use of force in policy or, refer to internal affairs for further investigation, and/or take other corrective action. The Deputy Chief, or his/her designee, of the involved employee shall forward the Supervisor's Use of Force Report via BlueTeam to the Internal Affairs Division in a timely manner. If the use of force was part of a significant tactical event, the Deputy Chief, or his/her designee, should consider notifying the Tactical Operation Committee (TOC) or the Critical Incident Debrief Committee for review. 7.1.2.14 USE OF FORCE-CHIEF OF POLICE RESPONSIBILITY The Chief of Police or their designee shall make a final determination on all level 3 use of force incidents as to whether the incident was in or out of policy. This special order will remain in effect until the applicable LBPD Manual sections are revised. Approved: Robert Luna, Chief of Police Date \-tD·\~ RL:LC:lc Special Order -Use of Force