EXEMPLARY STANDARD 203: Protecting People and Property.


EXEMPLARY STANDARD 203: Protecting People and Property. An Exemplary Policing Agency protects and aids people and their property from injury and damage caused by traffic accidents, natural and man made disasters, acts of terrorism, criminal conduct, domestic and child abuse, and other events endangering citizens and their property.

203(A). Public Safety. An Exemplary Policing Agency ensures that officers receive initial and refresher training on best practices to protect and assist injured or endangered individuals and property, either directly or by summoning professional aid. Officers are trained to:

(1) Medical Emergencies. Identify and properly respond to common medical emergencies, including rendering first aid for physical injuries, seizures, drug overdoses, and diabetic reactions.

(2) Mitigate Threats. Provide assistance to reduce the spread of or damage caused by fires, floods and other dangers.

(3) Rescue. Prudently and safely rescue people threatening suicide or endangered by criminal or terrorist acts, floods, fires, fall, auto-related accidents, and other causes.

(4) Transportation. Escort or arrange for transport or  injured people to emergency healthcare facilities or ensuring that other professional emergency personnel do so.

(5)  Safety. Install warning signs, lights, flares, or cones to alert citizens to hazards.

203(B). Prevention of Traffic Injuries. An Exemplary Policing Agency establishes and achieves ambitious and specific outcome objectives regarding automobile and motorcycle-related accidents, injuries and property damage by employing effective law enforcement and traffic management strategies.

(1) Enforcing Traffic Laws. Officers fairly, respectfully and impartially stop vehicles when a motorist has violated traffic laws or where the condition of a vehicle violates legal requirements and exercise sound discretion to either issue a citation or a warning. An exemplary agency does not require, encourage or permit quotas regarding the issuance of citations nor the conscious use of traffic authority to generate income

(2) Drunk, Drowsy and Distracted Drivers.  Officers rigorously enforce laws regarding drunk, drowsy, distracted and otherwise impaired drivers and exercise professional discretion to determine whether to arresting offenders or take other actions to prevent drivers from endangering themselves or others.

(3) Preventing Crime Traffic Stops to Prevent Crime. In the course of regular patrol and managing traffic, officers lawfully and respectfully stop vehicles and interrogate drivers and passengers who may be engaged in criminal conduct. (See Exemplary Standard IE3 for additional aspects of traffic control)

203(C). Protecting Vulnerable Populations. An Exemplary Policing Agency ensures that all patrol officers and other designated resources have the training and resources to protect and serve vulnerable populations including homeless, mentally and physically ill persons; runaway juveniles, endangered children and domestic partners, and other individuals vulnerable to crime, harassment or harm due to age, intoxication, sexual orientation and other factors.

(1) Special Training re: Mental Illness. Patrol officers and others are trained to professionally and effectively Identify and respond to individuals with known or suspected mental health conditions, including those observably in mental health crisis, and those with intellectual or other disabilities.

(2) Crisis Intervention. The agency creates aa enhanced crisis intervention unit with the training and resources to rapidly deploy to the scene of critical incidents involving individuals with mentally illness, especially when there are indications that the use of force might be necessary.

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