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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 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
May 27, 2014
4 ways to better train our officers to be ready for the fight Dan Danaher - Tactical Encounters

4 ways to better train our officers to be ready for the fight

We must create the proper environment in order for officers to visualize the true threat that is ever present in our profession and be prepared physically and mentally to prevail - Full Story
May 27, 2014
Why being a training 'Goldilocks' could get you killed Duane Wolfe - The Warrior's Path

Why being a training 'Goldilocks' could get you killed

Our version ‘Goldilocks’ is a police officer in a training scenario who needs to have everything “just right” or their performance suffers - Full Story
May 19, 2014
New studies counter plaintiffs’ CEW arguments Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

New studies counter plaintiffs’ CEW arguments

There is much about sudden death that simply “is not fully understood” - Full Story
May 19, 2014
5 highlights of the Deadly Force Expert Panel at ILEETA 2014 Duane Wolfe - The Warrior's Path

5 highlights of the Deadly Force Expert Panel at ILEETA 2014

The discussion ranged over a wide area of topics — here are a just handful of things that stood out - Full Story



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