Use of force has become a hot topic throughout the nation. News on police activities brings up concerns of how local officers handle confrontation. In a KOTA news story, officers of the Rapid City Police Department discussed the tools they have at their disposal. Verbal judo, attempting to de-escalate a situation through words, is the first option employed. If that isn't enough, non-lethal options will be used, such as pepper spray or tasers. Officers undergo training to help determine what is the proper response to a situation.
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