Metro Police Change Use Of Force Policy

Use Of Neck Restraint Limited To Cases Where Officer's Life Is Threatened

Paul Ihander
July 08, 2020 - 4:16 pm

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is now limiting the use of a restraining technique known as the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR) to instances where an officer’s life is being threatened.


The new change is reflected in the LVMPD Use of Force policy, which is effective immediately. The LVNR technique was previously permitted in cases where an officer was confronted by an assaultive person. It will now be used only when an officer fears for their life in a deadly force encounter.


The LVNR is a control technique applied to the sides of the neck, using a combination of physiological factors to restrict blood flow to the brain which may cause the subject to lose consciousness. It is not a chokehold which is used to restrain a subject by restricting their breathing. LVMPD has never permitted or condoned the use of chokeholds.


The change in policy is prompted by both input from our local community and national police reform efforts across the country. “The LVMPD prides itself on being responsive to community concerns,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo. “We are constantly evolving and looking for ways to improve our Use of Force standards. In this case, a national conversation about this technique showed us that we had room for improvement.”


The LVMPD’s last update of the Use of Force policy was on May 15, prior to the death of George Floyd and the continued protests about police reform.