CPD Policy General Order (GO 0600).
Escalation, de-escalation, and disengagement are important concepts in making legally and tactically sound, reasonable responses to resistance. Officers are legally permitted to escalate their use of force as the subject escalates his or her level of resistance. The officer’s choices are determined by the subject’s actions and the risk of physical harm posed to the officer or others. Once the officer achieves control or compliance, he or she must de-escalate the use of force. Under certain circumstances, disengagement may be the best tactical option, for example, when the officer is waiting for backup, when the officer is injured or outnumbered, or when the suspect has superior firepower. Officers will use the Force Guidelines when considering response to resistance options.