Use of Force Policy Revision

Policy review and revision is crucial to ensuring consistent, effective, and fair practices. In response to events locally and across the nation, the Urbana Police Department is updating their Use of Force Policy. As part of the revision, City leadership wants to hear from residents about what they would like to see in the new policy. 

What is the Use of Force Policy?

• The Urbana Police Department’s Use of Force Policy provides our officers guiding principles and values for effectively overcoming resistance and making responsible decisions while protecting the community. Police officers should use only the amount of force necessary to bring an incident under control, make an arrest, or protect themselves or others.

Why is the Use of Force Policy important?

It builds community trust and keeps civilians safe. Trust is an essential component of effective community policing. The community must know that they can trust police officers to protect them. Transparency about when and how officers are authorized to use force, and the types of situations that justify each level of force, can help build this trust.

It keeps officers safe. A Use of Force Policy gives officers the techniques to defuse a situation before it gets out of hand. Our officers put their lives on the line every day. Even seemingly commonplace situations can quickly intensify, putting officers in danger. Paired with appropriate training, the Use of Force Policy helps officers go home safe at the end of the day.

"The risks are high for both citizens and officers when uses of force occur, so it is vital for us to get community feedback on this topic. Trust is an essential component of community policing, and our transparency about how and when officers use force can help build this trust." ~ Chief Bryant Seraphin

The Urbana Police Department Use of Force Policy can be found here. Please continue to submit your suggestions for changes to  the policy at



The Listening Sessions are open to everyone and are the next step in gaining a better understanding of our communities strengths and potential needs. Please join us in this important work.

You are invited to review the following information in preparation for this community discussion:

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