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The Use of Force topic provides news, information and training on one the most commonly discussed areas in law enforcement training programs. Shooting skills and defensive tactics are critical to keeping officers alive out of harm's way. We cover all subjects—nothing is taboo in this discussion.
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April 08, 2011
Shooting center mass: Shooting to kill or to stop? Roy Bedard - Learning from the Experience

Shooting center mass: Shooting to kill or to stop?

In part one of this three-part series, PoliceOne Contributor Roy Bedard examines the oft-used mantra in police deadly force training: "We don’t shoot to kill. We shoot to stop." - Full Story
April 07, 2011
P1 First Person: How to effectively review and adjudicate use of force tactics PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

P1 First Person: How to effectively review and adjudicate use of force tactics

By Scott L. Sargent Los Angeles Police DepartmentThe use of force by police in a modern society is a... - Full Story
April 07, 2011
Clearing up misconceptions about legal standards for police use of force Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Clearing up misconceptions about legal standards for police use of force

It has been said many times that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Along that same... - Full Story
April 06, 2011
Ethical dilemmas cops face daily Sgt. Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

Ethical dilemmas cops face daily

The impact of human factors upon individual performance must coincide with timely and fair discipline — both in a positive and a negative sense - Full Story
January 31, 2011
The 'conspiracy of safety' continues Betsy Brantner Smith - Survival Insights

The 'conspiracy of safety' continues

Only in Stephen King novels does the tractor actually turn on the farmer and try to kill him, but we run toward the shots — it's what crime fighters do - Full Story
January 14, 2011
Key considerations for good use-of-force policies Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Key considerations for good use-of-force policies

The potential liability in any use-of-force situation begins prior to an incident - Full Story
January 13, 2011
Defeating the 'Tactical Error Defense' Sgt. Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

Defeating the 'Tactical Error Defense'

The 'tactical error defense' in the case of a California couple's assault on a police officer sheds light on the importance of thoroughly documenting an officer's use of force - Full Story
December 15, 2010
10 pre-attack behavior cues Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

10 pre-attack behavior cues

Trainer Marcus Young teaches officer safety courses offered free throughout the U.S. by the FBI’s LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted) section - Full Story
December 02, 2010
Training to deal with suspects with disabilities Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Training to deal with suspects with disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 stipulates that cops must make "reasonable accommodations" to the known physical limitations of a suspect - Full Story
November 24, 2010
'Mind traps' that can trick you (and those who judge your actions) Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

'Mind traps' that can trick you (and those who judge your actions)

The jury didn’t believe the Boston cop. During a foot pursuit by multiple officers of multiple... - Full Story



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