Pinole Police Use of Force Policy

Alison Boden filed this request with the Pinole Police Department of Pinole, CA.


From: Alison Boden

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All current policies maintained by the department regarding use of force.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Alison Bodenhemier

From: Pinole Police Department

Ms. Bodenhemier-

Good morning. We received the attached request for "All current policies maintained by the department regarding use of force."

Pursuant SB 978, all of our policies are posted online and can be found at under the resources tab in the SB 978k-Public Records (Policies and Training) on our website:

After reviewing the resources available online, if you need additional information please let us know.

Thank you.


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From: Alison Boden

Dear Lt. Avery,

Thank you very much for your quick and helpful reply! I was able to find most of the information I needed in the Policy Manual you linked to. I have 2 questions that I didn't see specifically addressed and want to be sure of the answers to:

1. Are officers required to give a verbal warning in all situations before using deadly force?
2. Are officers required to exhaust all other alternatives, including non-force and less lethal force options, prior to resorting to deadly force?

Kind regards,
Alison Bodenhemier

From: Pinole Police Department

Please see the attached statement released today by Chief Neil H. Gang. This was released via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

From: Alison Boden

Hi Lt. Avery,

Thanks very much!

Kind regards,
Alison Bodenhemier