Phoenix police chief wants to train officers on less-lethal tools

​Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan has unveiled a four-pronged plan that features coaching 400 officers on less-lethal weapons by the tip of 2023.

PHOENIX — Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan has launched a four-pronged plan that goals to assist officers de-escalate crucial incidents.

After meeting with neighborhood members, Sullivan has outlined 4 objectives he needs to obtain in the course of the tenure of his one-year contract. 

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The objectives embody the next:

  • Reinforce patrol briefing coaching on time, distance, and cover
  • Implement scenario-based coaching on de-escalation
  • Review the company’s use-of-force insurance policies
  • Expand the coaching on less-lethal tools

The chief’s plan contains equipping a further 400 police officers with tools like Pepperball gadgets by the tip of 2023.

“This plan revolves across the idea that preservation of life is on the core of policing,” Sullivan said in a statement. “Becoming a self-correcting organization fosters continuous improvement which allows us to refocus on that core ideal which is more important now than ever.”

Sullivan was employed earlier this year by town to substitute former Chief Jeri Williams on an interim foundation till a everlasting chief is appointed. His contract might be prolonged if the hiring course of takes longer than anticipated.

The U.S. Department of Justice has spent the final year investigating Phoenix police for allegations of extreme power and abuse.

Not lengthy after Sullivan was appointed, he positioned two officers on go away after a video surfaced displaying them kicking a suspect inside a Phoenix comfort retailer. The company later launched further video footage of the incident.

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