Policy & Procedures

Recently, WPD has received many questions from media, community members, and stakeholders on WPD's training, practices, policies, and procedures. In response to these valid questions, WPD developed a comprehensive response to the community. To read the responses in their entirety, please download the 2020 WPD Response to the Community (PDF).

WPD Policy and regulations specifically prohibit WPD officers from impeding normal breathing or blood circulation by applying pressure to the throat or neck unless lethal force is justified, or utilizing a baton or similar object as a chokehold for a containment or takedown procedure. This is stated in WPD policy 906 and regulation 4.114.

WPD will be training all department members in ABLE, Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement.

In Addition

The use of force authorization and limitations section of use of force policy 906 states: "Officers are prohibited from impeding normal breathing or blood circulation by applying pressure to the throat or neck unless lethal force is justified." and WPD regulation 4.114 states: "Members utilizing a baton should direct defensive bowls towards strategic areas of the body, avoiding the head and neck area. Utilization of a chokehold using a police baton is prohibited as a containment or take-down procedure. Such action shall be taken only as a defensive measure and only as a last resort to prevent death or great bodily harm to the member or another person. Members will utilize methods consistent with departmental training."

The policy and regulation specifically prohibits WPD officers from impeding normal breathing or blood circulation by applying pressure to the throat or neck unless lethal force is justified, or utilizing a baton or similar object as a chokehold for containment or takedown procedure.