Deadly Force is defined as "any use of force that is likely to result in death.
Deadly force will only be used when it is the reasonable force needed to:
- Defend the employee or other persons from an immediate threat of death or great bodily injury.
- Prevent an escape.
- Stop acts such as riots or arson that constitute an immediate jeopardy to institutional security and, because of their magnitude, are likely to result in escapes or the death of other persons.
- Dispose of seriously injured or dangerous animals, when no other disposition is practical.
It is the Department’s expectation that you continue to stress that deadly force is not intended to stop fist fights.
Please ensure that staff are notified and trained regarding these modifications and that your local operational procedures are appropriately updated.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your respective Regional Administrator.
Department of Corrections