RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Suspension of the use of Carotid Restraint|
|Station Area:||Sheriff’s Administration|
|Written Date:||June 10, 2020||Time:||9:20 AM|
|Incident Date:||Jne 7, 2020||Time:||12:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||County of Riverside|
|Reporting Officer:||Public Information Officer Correctional Sergeant Deanna Pecoraro|
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom, directed the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) to remove all use of the Carotid Restraint Control Hold from training. Legislative bill AB 1196, has been introduced to eliminate the ability for California Law Enforcement to use the Carotid Restraint Control Hold, and is currently awaiting a hearing in the California Senate. California P.O.S.T has notified the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that any training or use of any type of the Carotid Restraint Control Hold will be done so outside of P.O.S.T certification.
While we are continuing to review our department policies and procedures and to conform with P.O.S.T training standards, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has immediately suspended the use of the Carotid Restraint Control Hold (DSM 300.3.4 Carotid Control Hold) by all Sheriff Personnel, as a force option, until further notice.
The Ben Clark Training Center, which instructs the Basic P.O.S.T Academy as well as in service courses for active Law Enforcement Officers, has also been immediately suspended from instructing the Carotid Restraint Control Hold, until further notice.
If State Legislature eliminates the possibility for peace officers to use the Carotid Restraint Control Hold, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will update the policy accordingly.