Lethal Force/Deadly Force

Lethal or deadly force is the application of force with a high probability of causing death or serious bodily injury.

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Serious bodily injury includes unconsciousness, protracted or obvious physical disfigurement, or protracted loss of or impairment to the function of a bodily member, organ, or the mental faculty.

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A firearm is the most widely recognized lethal or deadly force weapon. Other force might also be considered deadly force if the officer reasonably anticipates and intends that the force applied will create a substantial likelihood of causing death or very serious injury.

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For example, an automobile or weapon of opportunity could also be defined as a deadly force utility. Deadly force can be a strike to someoneu2019s face resulting in a broken nose and permanent disfigurement, a kick to the groin, a kick to the knee, or other aggressive strikes. Most strikes to targets that are not major muscle groups can lead to breaks and serious or permanent injury and are considered to be deadly force.

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A non-commissioned security officer is not allowed to carry firearms. A commissioned security officer is allowed to carry a firearm after successfully completing the required training and demonstrating firearm proficiency. In all instances it is important to remember that there are other weapons, including your own body, that can be considered lethal. If you are forced into a situation where you must defend yourself and others, remember that your actions will be examined from this perspective.