Force Science Institute, Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Force Science Institute Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts
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PoliceOne is proud to announce yet another new presence in our fast-growing columnist section! We have forged a strategic alliance with the Force Science Institute, a cutting-edge organization that uses sophisticated time-and-motion measurements to document -- for the first time -- critical hidden truths about the mental and physical dynamic of life-threatening events, particularly officer-involved shooting. By agreement with PoliceOne Board Member Dr. Bill Lewinski - who also serves as the center's executive director - PoliceOne will begin posting the Center's findings and other articles of interest to the study of Force Science in their new section.

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The Force Science Institute was launched in 2004 by Executive Director Bill Lewinski, PhD. -- a specialist in police psychology -- to conduct unique lethal-force experiments. The non-profit FSRC, based at Minnesota State University-Mankato, uses sophisticated time-and-motion measurements to document-for the first time-critical hidden truths about the physical and mental dynamics of life-threatening events, particularly officer-involved shootings. Its startling findings profoundly impact on officer training and safety and on the public's naive perceptions.

What is "Force Science™"?
It's the application of unbiased scientific principles and processes in repetitive physical experiments designed to determine the true nature of suspect provocation and officer response (action-reaction dynamics). FSRC's ground-breaking, reproducible studies address real problems encountered by officers on the street and are meticulously documented.

What subjects has Force Science Institute investigated?
The list grows constantly as funding becomes available to explore new topics. Already researchers have destroyed myths and discovered cold facts about some of the most controversial force issues, including:

  • How threatening suspects can end up shot in the back by well-trained officers making valid, lawful shooting decisions.

  • Why officers continue to fire "extra" rounds in high-adrenalin confrontations, even after the threat has ended.

  • What popular tactics used by some officers trying to reduce lag time actually put the officers at greater risk.

How can FSRC help you?
In addition to being a subscriber to the Force Science Institute News e-newsletter which will help you stay up-to-date with the Center's practical, cutting-edge research, Force Science Institute's scientific research can help with complex I.A. investigations, grand jury hearings, civil suits, criminal cases, department use-of-force audits, training scenarios and other challenging situations where professional insights based on Force Science Institute research projects are needed. To register for your free, direct-delivery subscription, please visit and click on the e-newsletter registration button. Who can benefit from FForce Science Institute?
Resources offered by FSRC are essential if you are: a law enforcement trainer, administrator or line officer…use-of-force investigator, PIO or police union rep…judge, prosecutor or police attorney in criminal cases, civil suits or administrative hearings…medical examiner or coroner…military tactician, or other professional involved in force matters.

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