• When necessary, confidently use force on the streets and avoid controversy.
  • Know you have the confidently to articulate the legal and departmental elements of force within the report.
  • Have the peace of mind being able to defend your actions in Internal Affairs, depositions, or at trial after using reasonable force.

OFFICER SAFETY: Officers Killed & Assaulted

Each year approximately 60,000 cops are assaulted and about 240 ARE SHOT. Learn what we know about how cops are hurt or killed in America.

  • Pre-Assualt Indicators
  • Confessions of Cop Killers
  • The dangers of Officer Friendly & DeEscalation
  • The need to use for to create Officer Safety

Understanding Use of Force Standards & Department Policies

Defending Your Use of Force starts with your understanding and applying the use of force standards correctly.

  • Excessive Force
  • Graham v Connor
  • The Benefit of Hindsight
  • Department Policy
  • Tense, Uncertain, Rapidly Evolving
  • Reasonable Officer Perspective
  • Underlying Intent & Motivation
  • Tennessee v Garner

Electronic Control  & Less Lethal Weapons

Articulate and document the proper use of electronic control weapons, batons, and O.C. spray.  You’ll also see these tools used unreasonably.

I.A. Investigations & Allegations of Excessive Force

Learn to come out on top or avoid the likelihood of ending up in I.A. at all. Learn:

  • Exactly what the role of Internal Affairs is
  • How excessive force cases are investigated
  • Why officers are sustained
  • Preparing for I.A.

Force Investigations & Reporting

Following a thorough investigation, report writing and the articulation of the events will be easier and prove your reasonable use of force in civil litigation and any internal investigation.  Collect evidence from:

  • Witnesses Interviews
  • Surveillance
  • Pictures from the scene
  • Suspect Interviews

Officer Involved Shootings & Deadly Force

  • Providing a statement.
  • Articulating Deadly Force
  • Errors in OIS Investigations
  • Controversial Shootings

Human Performance Under Stress

Learn about Human Factors, the science of human performance in critical incidents.  We’ll discuss the field of research by groups such as the Force Science Institute® and others.  You’ll learn:

Stress & Performance

Action & Reaction

Decision Making Under Stress

Memory & Stress

Vision & Audible Limitations

Determining Reasonableness