Although CCSO has had duty to intervene language in policy for several years, both in our code of ethics policy and our jail operations policy, today I signed into official policy a very clear and specific directive that our CCSO deputies have a duty to intervene with regard to use of force. That policy is as follows:
“Deputies have a duty to intervene to prevent or stop the use of excessive force by another law enforcement officer or corrections officer.”
As a CALEA “Accredited with Excellence” agency, we are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures in order to provide the most professional of best practices to our community. I am committed to the ongoing review of our policies and practices for continued improvement of safety, respect, fairness and equality for all.