The use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Sonoma County is of deep concern to many of the communities they serve. In several instances over the past decade, events where deadly force has been used have had a deep eroding effect on the trust between communities and law enforcement.
Updating and clearly defining use of force policies, along with better equipping officers to handle high-stress situations in a safe and non-lethal manner where deadly force may be an option, is one way to begin to rebuild trust in communities and to prevent further tragedies from occurring.
The Community Policing subcommittee recommends that local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) maintain high-level, quality service; to ensure officer safety, accountability, and effective policing.
This recommendation was revised on April 13, 2015.
Read the full draft recommendation