Use of Force in Law Enforcement
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Using physical force is an inescapable element of law enforcement. Force is used to control resistance and to defeat assault. The Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) was another effort of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to gather data on a variety of law enforcement issues gleaned from a sample of agencies with 100 or more officers. Both the Police Public Contact Survey (PPCS) and the LEMAS inquire of citizens and agencies, respectively, about complaints made against police including about the use of force. Law enforcement officers respond to all manner of calls for service as well as initiating activity on their own based on observed behavior of individuals or in the course of patrolling assigned areas. Law enforcement officers have been found to receive more severe injuries when dealing with individuals who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The use of force by law enforcement is infrequent; the use of excessive force is even rarer.