The use of weapons and equipment in law enforcement operations

Q&A explaining the strict constraints on the use of weapons and equipment in law enforcement operations.

States often face situations in which their officials may have to use force to maintain or restore public security, law and order. In all such situations, law enforcement officials must ensure that their choice and use of weapons, or other equipment, are compatible with international legal standards on the use of force.

Given the serious consequences for life and health of the excessive use of force, including in situations of civil unrest, this Q&A explains the strict constraints on the use of weapons and equipment in law enforcement operations.

Source : Icrc