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NYS Use of Force Reporting

Use of Force

This survey meets the administrative reporting requirements outlined in Executive Law §837-t. The MPTC model use of force policy should be used to guide an agency's compliance with the statutory use of force policy requirements delineated in Executive Law §840(4)(d)(3).

The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is not authorized to provide legal advice; however, it may provide general information.  DCJS is responsible for collecting, maintaining and reporting use of force information.  DCJS does not make any officer or officer employer discretion determinations regarding this data; as such decisions are reserved for the officer or the officer’s employer.  Accordingly, you may wish to contact your county attorney, or other legal counsel, for any specific or legal questions that you may have.


Definitions for the types of force used by law enforcement that are required to be reported to the Division of Criminal Justice Services:

Display a chemical agent - to point a chemical agent at a subject.
Use/Deploy a chemical agent - the operation of the chemical against a person in a manner capable of causing physical injury.
Brandishes/Uses/Discharges a firearm - the operation of a firearm against a person in a manner capable of causing physical injury.
Brandishes/Uses/Deploys an impact weapon or electronic control weapon - the operation of an impact weapon or electronic control weapon against a person in a manner capable of causing physical injury.
Uses a chokehold or other similar restraint - any application of sustained pressure to the throat or windpipe of a person in a manner that may hinder breathing or reduce intake of air.
Conduct that resulted in death
Serious Bodily Injury - bodily injury that creates or causes:

  • a substantial risk of death; or
  • unconsciousness; or
  • serious and protracted disfigurement; or
  • protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member, organ or mental faculty.


To ensure the appropriate staff at your agency receives future reporting alerts and program updates related to Use of Force reporting, please supply the contact information at the end of the report.  Thank you for your participation.

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6. Subject Details*:
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7. Officer Details*:There are seven (7) Use of Force categories. When choosing Use of Force type, please select all that apply. Move slider bar to the right to view all Types of Force options.
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Displayed a Chemical Agent Used/Deployed a Chemical Agent Brandished/Used/Discharged a Firearm Brandished/Used/Deployed an Impact Weapon or Electronic Control Weapon Used a Chokehold or Other Similar Restraint Conduct that Resulted in Death Serious Bodily Injury
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Please contact DCJS at useofforce@dcjs.ny.gov for more information and/or questions about the reporting process.