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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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Arbitrator rules to reinstate Neb. officer fired over arrest video

Decision was rooted in a 1989 US Supreme Court case ruling that a police officer's use of force is permissible if it is "objectively reasonable" - Full Story

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Video: 3 officers hurt in arrest of Pa. man

One officer suffered a neck injury and two others had cuts and bruises after a struggle on a Philadelphia street - Full Story

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Ariz. police fatally shoot bat-wielding man

Caller reported a man behaving erratically outside a city pool - Full Story

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Video: NJ admits unreasonable force in 2009 arrest

Officer involved wrote in report that the subject did several things to provoke a forceful response - Full Story

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Lawyer: Fla. deputy should have helped shot suspect

The deputy did not help the suspect after he was no longer a threat, lawyer asserts - Full Story

Videos

Will to Win Jared Reston

In this remarkable story of survival, Jared Reston of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department describes how a foot pursuit turned into a life-or-death struggle when the shoplifting suspect he was chasing pulled a semiautomatic handgun.

Columns

Lessons learned from an Ohio SBC incident Chris Cerino - Firearms Training: Fundamentally Sound

Lessons learned from an Ohio SBC incident

Is your 'tactical toolbox' a mess or is it organized with your favorite tool right on top, ready to use? - Full Story

Exclusives

Use of force: Downfalls of the continuum model

Use of force: Downfalls of the continuum model

Because it's impossible for any continuum model to provide for an entire set of circumstances in each very unique situation, a "force options" model is the optimal policy alternative. - Full Story



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