National Use of Force Framework


The National Use of Force Framework includes a graphical representation of the various elements involved in the process by which a police officer assesses a situation and acts in a reasonable manner to ensure officer and public safety. The Framework assists officers and the public to understand why and in what manner an officer may respond with force.

As an aid to training, the Framework promotes continuous critical assessment and evaluation of each situation and assists officers to understand and make use of a variety of force options to respond to potentially violent situations.

The National Use of Force Framework is not intended to serve as a justification for officer use of force nor does it prescribe specific response option(s) appropriate to a situation. The Framework does provide a valuable Framework tool to facilitate understanding and articulating the events associated with an incident involving officer use of force.

This animation package is in 4K resolution and is intended for the powerpoint and keynote presentations, as a visual-aid to facilitate the instruction of the National Use of Force Framework.

Included images and videos:

  • National Use of Force Framework Image
  • Situation Zoom Full
  • Situation Zoom Part 1
  • Situation Zoom Part 2
  • 5 Categories Reveal
  • Physical Control Soft
  • Physical Control Hard
  • Physical Control Hard With Intermediate Weapons
  • Lethal Force
  • Force Options Reveal