Use of Firearms

The purpose of the shooting policy is to establish procedures for the use and reporting of incidents involving the discharge of firearms. This policy is for internal use only and does not increase the UCLA Police Department’s and/or an officer’s civil or criminal liability in any way. Violations of this policy can only form the basis for Departmental administrative actions.

304.1.1 POLICY
It is the policy of this Department to , See: resort to the use of a firearm, when it is objectively reasonable, and generally:

(a) An officer may use deadly force to protect himself/herself or others from what he/she reasonably believe would be an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.
(b) An officer may use deadly force to effect the arrest or prevent the escape of a suspected felon where the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed or intends to commit a felony involving the inflicting or threatened inflicting of serious bodily injury or death, and the officer reasonably believes that there is an imminent or future potential risk of serious bodily injury or death to any other person if the suspect is not immediately apprehended. Under such circumstances, a verbal warning should precede the use of deadly force where feasible.
(c) To stop a dangerous animal.

1. Officers are authorized to use deadly force against an animal in circumstances where the animal reasonably appears to pose an imminent threat to human safety and alternative methods to neutralize the threat are not reasonably available or would likely be ineffective.
2. In circumstances in which officers have sufficient advanced notice that a potentially dangerous domestic animal (e.g., dog) may be encountered, such as in the serving of a search warrant, officers should develop reasonable contingency plans for dealing with the animal without the use of deadly force (e.g., fire extinguisher, ECD, OC, animal control officer).

(a) Nothing in this policy shall prohibit any officer from resorting to deadly force to control a dangerous animal if circumstances reasonably dictate that a contingency plan has failed or becomes impractical.

(d) With the approval of a supervisor, an officer may euthanize an animal that is so badly injured that human compassion requires its removal from further suffering and where other dispositions are impractical. Penal Code § 597.1 (e)

1. Injured animals (with the exception of dogs and cats) may only be euthanized after a reasonable search to locate the owner has been made. Penal Code § 597.1 (b)
2. Injured dogs and cats found without their owners shall be taken to an appropriate veterinarian for determination of whether they should be treated or humanely destroyed .

(e) For target practice at an approved range Where feasible, a warning shall be given before an officer resorts to deadly force as outlined (a) and (b) above. A specific warning that deadly force will be used is not required by this policy, only that a warning be given if feasible.

Generally, warning shots or shots fired for the purpose of summoning aid are discouraged and may not be discharged.

Shots fired at or from a moving vehicle are rarely effective and are generally discouraged.

(a) Unless it reasonably appears that it would endanger officers or the public, officers are expected to move out of the path of any approaching vehicle.
(b) This is not intended to restrict an officer’s right to use deadly force directed at the operator of a vehicle when it is reasonably perceived that the vehicle is being used as a weapon against the officer or others.

Any employee who discharges a weapon accidentally or intentionally, onduty or offduty, except during training or recreational use, shall make a verbal report to the Watch Commander as soon as circumstances permit. If onduty at the time of the incident the employee shall file a written report with his/her Bureau Commander prior to the end of shift and if offduty, as directed by the supervisor.

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