Use of Force Risk Management for Officers – 1 day (8 hours)
This course is designed for officers and others in the field. This is a practical course in applying the “Four Elements of Reasonable Force” which are force knowledge, skills, decision-making and documentation. All of these elements must be at a minimum level of proficiency in order to be effective and prove any use of force was reasonable. This course provides a comprehensive review of force justification and critical skills to address common types of resistance. This course also provides de-escalation skills practice as well as a duty to intervene. Reasonable Force decision-making processes are provided with practical exercises. This gives officers confidence and an understanding of the need to have a fast, simple, and adaptable decision-making process that applies critical knowledge and skills to a given situation. Reasonable decision-making processes also help an individual know when to use, stop using, or never attempt de-escalation skills. Use of Force documentation continues to be a weak area. If officers can’t effectively document and testify to the incident with sufficient clarity and detail, even a reasonable use of force cannot be proven. This course provides a documentation process that systematically ensures critical detail and clarity. This process breaks down use of force incidents into segments that improves memory and recall. It also provides a basis to make testifying and depositions consistent and effective even years later. This course gives officers the ability to assess their current use of force risk and how to improve it.
** This course includes both classroom and practical exercises.
** Lunch is on your own from 12 noon to 1:00 pm
** Parking is free of charge - Click here for parking information.