Force Response Options
British Columbia Sheriff Services provides the safety and security services essential to the day-to-day good order and efficient functioning of the court system.
The important responsibility of risk management and first response to hostile and violent incidents, which often involve the use of officer force response options, demands a high standard of training and professionalism. The use of officer force options is employed to establish lawful control in situations where:
(1) legal compliance must be imposed and other means have failed or are not reasonable, and/or
(2) to protect oneself or others from imminent or potential harm.
During the course of their duties a Deputy Sheriff may be called upon to exercise any or all of the available officer force response options. These responses may range from simple control holds to the possible use of a firearm. It is due to the unpredictability of the nature and timing of these occurrences that our use of force training by necessity addresses the whole spectrum of officer force response options.
Deputy Sheriffs are trained in empty hand control techniques, taser, crowd management, cell extraction and firearms. They are then able to demonstrate these skills in realistic simulations where they are expected to make the appropriate use of force decisions in a safe and controlled environment.
Last updated January 21, 2019