Department of Homeland Security Releases Use-of-Force Policies
March 07, 2014
Release Represents Important Step toward Departmental Transparency
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its existing use-of-force policies for the department as a whole as well as its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies. Chief of the Border Patrol Michael Fisher also released a directive on safe tactics in the use of force at the border.
The release follows Los Angeles Times coverage of a report, conducted by the nonprofit, third-party Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), which reviewed the use-of-force policies in place at DHS.
Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the release of the use-of-force policies:
“We are encouraged by the Department on Homeland Security’s transparency in releasing their use-of-force policies, and we applaud Secretary Jeh Johnson’s first step toward fulfilling his commitment to run a transparent department.
“This release is an important step in the right direction: toward measured use of force on the border and increased safety and security for our border patrol agents.
“We look forward to continued transparency around our border security, and we encourage the department to release the full PERF report on the department’s use-of-force policies and procedures.”