Model Police Policies

In reference to recent proposals by political and community leaders intended to improve training, policies and procedures for police spurred by the death of George Floyd, it’s important to note that since 1998, District Attorney Zappala has worked closely in partnership with the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association, the Allegheny County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association as well as outside consultants and experts within academic entities to develop training programs (e.g. Cultural Diversity, Racial Profiling, Implicit Bias) that were adopted by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) and made part of the Act 120 curriculum for recruits and mandatory updates for all officers throughout the state.

Use the link below to access what DA Zappala and the Allegheny County Chiefs believe are “best current practices” model policies that were developed and distributed throughout Western Pennsylvania to address many of these important issues and concerns.

These model policies address the topics of Duty to Intervene and reporting excessive force, de-escalation, asphyxia, chokeholds, verbal warning-deadly force, shooting at or from a moving vehicle, mandatory reporting of use of force, exhibiting bias or prejudice.


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