PSNI Guidelines on the use of CS Spray

The purpose of this General Order is to outline the policy of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in relation to the issue and use of CS Incapacitant Spray (CSIS). (2) Article 4 of the Code of Ethics for The Police Service of Northern Ireland states the standard of conduct and practice required of police officers when using force. The key standards relating to CS Incapacitant Spray are as follows: (3) Police officers, in carrying out their duties, shall as far as possible, apply non-violent methods before resorting to the use of force or firearms. They may use force or firearms only if other means remain ineffective or without any realistic promise of achieving the intended result.


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