If your agency likes to pick and choose techniques, but lacks a coherent framework that allows for escalation/deescalation responses, the question of defensibility in court is a legitimate concern.
"If/then" or "call-and-response" drills very quickly expose a lack of systemic organization within tactics training. Without a thorough grasp of what is appropriate at a given point, a LEO or security member could find himself or herself responding out of proportion to a situation. This could have deadly or life-changing consequences.
Knowing how to "dial it up or down" within the context of a proven framework allows control tactics to be "client driven"; the amount of force used is almost always commensurate with the amount of resistance presented.
And that is completely defensible.
"Your honor, the accused did *that* so I responded with *this* as per my training and the limits of my legal authority to do so given the actions I observed."
It works because it is honest and allows for clear articulation in a concise manner, which comes from structured training, not from a technique-of-the-month YouTube subscription.
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