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Many modern police organizations have constructed mission and vision 

statements, general orders, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). These “policies” are the guiding principles for police actions. Adherence to policy protocols protects officers against misconduct related disciplinary action. Conversely, policy violations subject employees to adjudication processes that may result in disciplinary action. 

The views and attitudes of police administrators permeate their agencies 

through departmental policies. Policies shape both organizational views and attitudes of individual officers. Furthermore, they provide the basic framework for the performance of official duties. For example, most states mandate that police officers use “the minimally acceptable amount of force to achieve a lawful purpose.” However, a police department use of force policy that is more restrictive than state regulations sends the message that abuses of force will not be tolerated. Therefore, official police acts that are consistent with policy guidelines are manifestations of the views and attitudes of police administration. Policing use of force through policy and how policy relates to acts of force can proactively and significantly decrease incidences of police abuse of force and corresponding litigation and liability. ​


Policies provide direction and guidance that reflect behavioral expectations.

policing use of force through policy and how policy relates to acts of force can proactively and significantly decrease incidences of police abuse of force and corresponding litigation and liability.  

The Bowman Group is passionate about formulating policies that guide personnel to achieve the organization's mission. Our experts have examined 

hundreds of police agency policies and can help your organization discern the right mix for you. 

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