In accordance with the New York State Executive Law section 840(4), The University at Buffalo Police Use of Force policy is available for public examination. This policy is a public document. Free printed copies may be requested at the University Police Station at Bissell Hall on the UB North Campus.
Subject: Use of Force
DCJS Standards: 20.1, 20.6, 21.1, 21.2
CALEA Standards: 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.6, 1.3.7, 1.3.8
Approval: Chris J. Bartolomei, Chief of Police
General Order Number: 130.10
Effective Date: February, 19, 2007
Revision Date: June 10, 2019
Review Date: June 10, 2019
It is the policy of the University at Buffalo Police Department, that officers hold the highest regard for the sanctity of human life, dignity, and liberty of all persons without prejudice to anyone. Force is sometimes necessary to enforce the law and protect the public welfare, however, officers shall use only that level of force that is proportional to the threat being faced and which is objectively reasonable to control an incident, to affect an arrest, or to protect themselves or others from personal harm or death. The application of deadly force is a measure to be employed only in the most extreme circumstances. The degree of force used by the officer shall be within the limits established by Article 35 of the New York State Penal Law in conjunction with applicable case law, and consistent with training provided by this department and the guidelines established by this policy.
When used, force should be only that which is objectively reasonable given the circumstances perceived by the officer at the time of the event.
Firearms may be used against animals:
Officers shall submit a signed deposition to the Chief of Police describing the details of the following types of incidents:
In accordance New York State Executive Law 840(4), this policy is considered a public document and shall be:
a. Made available to members of the public promptly upon request without charge.
b. Conspicuously posted on the department’s website.
(1)Revised versions of this policy will be posted to the website within 72 hours of approval.
Annual statistics on use of force incidents shall be compiled with internal affairs complaints and also made available to the public.