Policies, Procedures & Training Manuals

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Below you will find PDF versions of our Policy, Procedures and Training Manuals.  Please note, some items have been redacted because they are either privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt from disclosure under provisions of the Public Records Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.

The vast majority of the training completed by this agency is approved through California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), who maintains training outlines for all law enforcement agencies in the State of California.  Additional information can be found by visiting https://post.ca.gov/

Please click the link below to view the current Police Department Policy Manual, Procedures Manual or Training Manual.

Rocklin PD Policy Manual - December 23, 2020 version

Rocklin PD Procedures Manual

Rocklin PD Training Manual

How we compare to the “8CANTWAIT” CAMPAIGN

The Rocklin Police Department, Accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) since 2007, maintains training standards that exceed those mandated by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). CALEA is an independent organization that conducts annual audits of our Department practices to ensure compliance with our Policies, Procedures, and CALEA standards.  RPD receives its policy framework from Lexipol, the recognized expert in police policy, utilized by the vast majority of police agencies in California. Lexipol policies are created by lawyers and police practice experts, and are kept up to date with current case law and best practices. In addition, RPD reviews our policy and procedures on a continuous basis.

Below outlines how Rocklin Police Department policies compare to the “8Can’tWait” recommendations:

1. Restrict chokeholds and strangleholds (including carotid restraints) to situations where deadly force is authorized or prohibiting them altogether.

The use of the Carotid Control Hold technique is not authorized.

2. Requiring officers to de-escalate situations, when possible, before using force

De-escalation techniques are employed regularly, with the goal of resolving the crisis or incident without the application of any physical force.  We train our officers on de-escalation techniques to use during crisis intervention, encounters with persons suffering a mental health crisis, disputes and other law enforcement contacts. (Policy Nos. 301.3.1; 301.4; 305.9; 408.5; 408.6; 409.4)

3. Require officers to give a verbal warning, when possible, before using deadly force.

We train our officers to provide a warning before the application of any type of force, especially deadly force, whenever possible. (Policy Nos. 304.3; 304.9.2; 305.4) California law, Penal Code section 835a provides that where feasible, a peace officer shall, prior to the use of force, make reasonable efforts to identify themselves as a peace officer and warn that deadly force may be used, unless the officer has objective reasonable grounds to believe the person is aware of those facts.

4. Require officers to exhaust all other reasonable alternatives before resorting to using deadly force.

Our officers are trained to use the amount of force that reasonably appears necessary given the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time. (Policy Nos. 301.1; 301.1.1; 301.2; 301.3) Before deadly force is used, officers should evaluate the use of other non-deadly force options. Deadly force may only be used if the officer believes there is an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or another person, or to apprehend a fleeing person for any felony that threatened or resulted in death or serious bodily injury, if the officer has reason to believe that person will cause death or serious injury to another person unless immediately apprehended. These requirements are set forth in California law, Penal Code section 835a.

5. Requiring officers to intervene to stop another officer from using excessive force

We require our officers to intercede to prevent the use of unreasonable force and require the reporting of those instances to a supervisor. (Policy No. 301.2.1) Reports of excessive use of force generated internally or externally, are fully investigated and violations of policy are subject to discipline up to and including termination.

6. Prohibiting officers from shooting at people in moving vehicles unless the person poses a deadly threat by means other than the vehicle

Our policy dictates this tactic can only be used when there are no other reasonable means available to address the threat of great bodily harm posed by the vehicle, or if deadly force other than the vehicle is directed at the officer or others. (Policy No. 301.4.1)

7. Using a Force Continuum or Matrix that defines and limits the types of force that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance

Our officers are trained and instructed to use the amount of force that reasonably appears necessary given the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time. (Policy Nos. 301.1; 301.1.1; 301.2

301.3; 301.3.1; 301.3.2) We provide training to our officers on verbal communication and de-escalation strategies, physical control hold techniques without the use of any weapons or tools, and the proper use of a variety of non-lethal options. We mandate training and the availability of proper equipment to ensure our officers have many options available when they encounter a situation that may require a law enforcement intervention.

8. Requiring comprehensive reporting that includes both uses of force and threats of force

We require that all officers make a written report for every use of force, including those that are considered minor. (Policy Nos. 301.5; 301.5.1; 301.7; 301.7.1) All applications of force must be reported to a supervisor as soon as possible, and are reviewed through the chain of command to determine whether the use of force was appropriate and within policy. As required by California law, we report all officer-involved shootings or applications of force resulting in serious bodily injury to the California Department of Justice.

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