Use of Force – Use of Force Continuum

The use of force continuum illustrates the appropriate level of response an officer uses to respond to a specific

level of subject resistance. The “One Plus One” theory indicates that the officer responds with one level of force higher than the subject, intending to de-escalate the situation. The force continuum is broken down into five broad levels. Each level is designed to be flexible as the need for force changes and the situation develops. It is typical for the level of force to go from level two to level three and back again in seconds.

As a Security Officer, you are in the role of an authority figure. As such, you still cannot always expect complete compliance with your directions; you must make it happen. As stated earlier, the goal of persuasion is to generate voluntary compliance.