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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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September 08, 2014
Considerations for evaluating officer-involved shootings Richard Fairburn - Law Enforcement Firearms

Considerations for evaluating officer-involved shootings

Every use-of-force incident must be examined as a unique event — no two are alike — but we may be able to apply a few general concepts in our ‘after-action’ analysis - Full Story
September 03, 2014
How cops can help citizens better understand police use of force Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

How cops can help citizens better understand police use of force

Policing — already a dangerous profession — is becoming even more so because of anti-police rhetoric and inaccurate reporting in use of force cases - Full Story
August 29, 2014
Examining issues of time in the Ferguson shooting Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Examining issues of time in the Ferguson shooting

Left out of all of the so-called analysis in the mainstream media in the aftermath of the Ferguson OIS is any real examination of the science of human performance during rapidly-unfolding, high-stress events - Full Story
August 27, 2014
8 keys to a well-written police use-of-force report Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

8 keys to a well-written police use-of-force report

A well-written force response report may take a little longer to write on the front end, but will certainly save you much more time (and trouble) later - Full Story
August 27, 2014
7 rules to prevent 'excessive use-of-force' accusations Chuck Joyner - Survival Sciences

7 rules to prevent 'excessive use-of-force' accusations

How do we protect the many officers who have been falsely accused of excessive force and then libeled and slandered in the media? - Full Story
August 22, 2014
Ferguson's 6 top use-of-force questions: A cop's response Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

Ferguson's 6 top use-of-force questions: A cop's response

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics data from 2008, there roughly 765,000 sworn officers in the United States — and an absurdly small number ever fire their weapons outside of training - Full Story
August 04, 2014
Can cops really avoid 'extra' shots? A realistic research review Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Can cops really avoid 'extra' shots? A realistic research review

The findings of a new study, obtained under stressful but nonthreatening laboratory conditions, comprise a starting point for understanding the human dynamics involved in promptly concluding a shooting episode - Full Story
July 16, 2014
How to properly apply 'reasonableness' in use-of-force investigations Matt Stiehm - Campus Safety

How to properly apply 'reasonableness' in use-of-force investigations

The facts — the officers’ interpretation of the facts at the scene — are what should be used as the guiding principles and points when reviewing an application of force - Full Story
June 02, 2014
Innovative OIS protocol focuses on compassion for involved officer Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Innovative OIS protocol focuses on compassion for involved officer

When and how to interview an officer and conduct a walk-through of the incident are sources of controversy among OIS investigators - Full Story
May 30, 2014
How to protect your career by writing better use-of-force reports Matt Stiehm - Campus Safety

How to protect your career by writing better use-of-force reports

We must change our “less is more” mentality on UOF reports to a “more is more” mindset for the next generation of police officers - Full Story



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