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, 43.8
IACLEA Standards: 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.1.8, 7.1.9
CALEA Standards: 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.6, 1.3.7, 1.3.8
General Order Number: 130.10
Effective Date: February, 19, 2007
Revision Date: August 25, 2021
Review Date: August 25, 2021
Approval: Chris J. Bartolomei, Chief of Police
It is the policy of the University at Buffalo Police Department that officers hold the highest regard for the sanctity of human life, and the liberty and dignity of all persons without prejudice to anyone. Force is sometimes necessary to protect the public welfare and to enforce laws. However, officers shall only use force which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances, and reasonably believed to be necessary to achieve a lawful purpose. The degree and manner of force used by officers shall be in compliance with all applicable federal and New York State laws in conjunction with current 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:
|Year||Total Number of Police Response to Incidents (Calls for Service)||Total Number of Arrests|| |
Number of incidents reported in accordance with Department policy
Number of incidents requiring a report to NYS DCJS (Required by NYS as of 2019)
|Number of instances of handcuffing without arrest as reported in accordance with Department policy.|
|Year||Reasons for Contact |
|Dispatched Call||In Custody||On View Offense||Tactical Operation||Traffic Stop||Other|
|Year||Type of Force Used (All that Apply) |
|Empty Hand Control||OC (Pepper) Spray Displayed – Not Used or Deployed||OC (Pepper) Spray Used or Deployed||Collapsible Baton Brandished – Not Used or Deployed||Collapsible Baton Used or Deployed||Drawing of Any Issued Firearm in Response to Any Incident – Not Pointed||Firearm Pointed at Subject||Firearm Discharged||Other|
|Year||Sex of Subjects ||Race of Subjects||Total Number of Subjects |
|Male||Female||White||Black||Asian/Pacific Islander||American Indian/Alaskan Native |
|Year||Subject Actions (All that Apply)|
|Cooperation||Verbal Resistance||Passive Resistance||Empty Hand Defensive Resistance||Empty Hand Active Aggression||Firearm||Knife or Edged Weapon||Other Weapon|
|Year||Subject Injury Status |
|Death or Serious Physical Injury||Injury||Injury Complained But Not Observed||No Injury Complained or Observed|
|Year||Injury Disposition (Due to Injury Complained or Observed) |
|Admitted to Hospital||Examined or Treated and Released ||Refused Treatment|
|Year||Number of Officers Reported Injured|
The Use of Force Policy of the University at Buffalo Police Department has a lower threshold for tracking and reporting use of force incidents than what is required by law. As of July 11, 2019, Executive Law 837-t requires each police department to report to DCJS any occurrence in which a police officer employs use of force as listed below:
The Use of Force Policy of the University at Buffalo Police Department requires officers to report situations where they placed handcuffs on an individual, but ultimately did not arrest them for an offense. The intent of this policy is to monitor and review instances where officers use handcuffs to gain control of individuals in order to establish a safe environment for further interview and/or investigation. For example, when an officer responds to a situation where two or more individuals are actively involved in a physical altercation with one another. In practice, the most common situation reported by officers is that they intended to make an arrest at the time they handcuffed an individual, but released them from custody based on newly obtained information or when the victim chose not to press charges.
These race definitions are used for Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting system.
Deputy Chief of Police, Administration