Policy Assessment: Duty to Intervene

The culture in many police departments discourages some officers from speaking up when they see colleagues engaged in inappropriate or unlawful behavior, even when they have a legal obligation to do so. Measures that require officers to intervene in such situations often are known as “duty to intervene” (DtI) policies. Officers are also expected to report certain forms of misconduct on the part of their peers under mandatory reporting policies. Both policies are designed to break through what is commonly regarded as a “blue wall of silence” among officers and, by doing so, reduce misconduct as well as injuries and fatalities among members of the public and police officers.

 

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