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Resource Book on the Use of Force and Firearms in Law Enforcement

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This resource book explores international law sources relevant to the use of force and the general responsibility of law enforcement authorities for the use of force. It discusses a number of instruments of force, including firearms, and the conditions under which these should be used. It further examines the possible use of force in a number of specific policing situations. Finally, it also outlines good practices for accountability in the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials.

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A “range of means” to allow for a differentiated response

In situations where it is absolutely necessary to use force, law enforcement officials should use the minimum amount necessary to achieve the law enforcement objective and in a manner that is proportionate to the threat encountered. This requires them to be able to choose between different instruments, including so-called less-lethal instruments.

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