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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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Video: Traffic stop leads to Ala. officer's firing

Officer told internal affairs he pulled over a woman and her teenage daughter, believing there to be a domestic violence situation - Full Story


SF cops kill chocolate factory slasher

A San Francisco police officer fatally shot a man blocks from the chocolate factory where he reportedly slashed a coworker using a box cutter - Full Story


ACLU targets jaywalker TASER video

Police plan to use arrest footage to train officers, but an ACLU attorney claims officers made things worse - Full Story


Report Writing: Have a Checklist

FLETC Instructor John Bostain outlines the necessity to have a checklist prepared ahead of time for writing use-of-force reports, along with key considerations to put into them.


Fla. deputies shoot, kill 'wrong' suspect

Police lieutenant: 'The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy...you're going to get shot' - Full Story


No charges in ATF agent's blue-on-blue death

No charges in ATF agent's blue-on-blue death

Report: An off-duty police officer and a retired police lieutenant were justified when they used deadly force - Full Story


Vet: Chimps dangerous, officer did right thing

Animals' physical strength and unpredictability leave few options for someone encountering one that's agitated - Full Story


Officers plead not guilty in Kelly Thomas death

Kelly Thomas died five days after a struggle with officers who were responding to a report of a man breaking into cars - Full Story


Video: Fla. cops TASER jaywalker 'by the book'

Police used a TASER on an accused jaywalker when he would not show ID to officers - Full Story


Security guards indicted on murder charges after shooting death

Private security drew weapons, ordered man who was on property's trespass list out of car; say they shot him when he tried to run them down - Full Story

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