Use of Force
The Use of Force topic provides news, information and training on one of the most commonly discussed areas in law enforcement training programs. Shooting skills and defensive tactics are critical for officer safety. Learn how to educate your community about police use of force, the risks unarmed individuals pose, research on police shooting accuracy and commandments for cops after use of deadly force.
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Reality Training: Suspect attacks cop during arrest–
Dave Smith reviews video that serves as a strong example of the use of force continuum. Watch as this officer takes down an armed, resisting suspect - even after he's been hit by the suspect's OC spray.
Reality Training: When a foot pursuit erupts in gunfire–
In this episode of Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews the principles of a foot pursuit.
Reality Training: An officer's close call during a traffic stop– 1
In this episode of Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews footage of an officer's close call during a traffic stop and highlights key tips for winning a similar confrontation.
Reality Training: Officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop– 4
In this episode of Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews footage of a traffic stop that serves as an excellent example of taking the passenger-side approach, maintaining control after shots are fired, and more.
Reality Training: Responding to a domestic violence call– 3
Dave Smith reviews footage of officers responding to a domestic disturbance that serves as a classic "shoot, don't shoot" scenario.
Reality Training: An immediate response to a spontaneous threat– 3
Are you taking your mat time seriously? Dave Smith reviews video of a sudden attack by a person in custody that highlights the importance of keeping your skills sharp.
Reality Training: Commanding the scene after gunfire erupts– 2
We talk a lot about staying in the fight, but what does it really look like in action? In this episode of Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews footage that serves as an excellent example of controlling the scene after gunfire erupts - even when you're hit.
Reality Training: Running into the threat– 1
Have you mentally rehearsed how you would respond to shots fired in different environments? Dave Smith provides key considerations.
Reality Training: Firing your weapon while driving– 4
Dave Smith reviews video of an intense pursuit of multiple homicide suspects in Las Vegas and provides key points about firing at moving vehicles from a moving vehicle.
Reality Training: Strategies for successful de-escalation– 5
In this episode of Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews video that serves as an excellent example of how to successfully use de-escalation techniques in a volatile situation.
Reality Training: A critical incident can happen anywhere–
Have you mentally rehearsed for how you'd respond to a critical incident in a hospital? A church? A stadium? The unfortunate reality of today's world is a call can quickly deteriorate in any setting - and you need to consider the variables of different environments in order to keep yourself, your colleagues and the public safe.
Reality Training: Never let your guard down– 5
If you respond to a call and kids are present at the scene, does it put you at ease? There are a number of things that may cause you to let your guard down on the job, but doing so could be deadly.
Reality Training: Firing your weapon through objects and materials– 8
Footage of an officer firing his weapon through a windscreen highlights a topic you may not think about very often in training: shooting through objects and materials. Dave Smith offers key points all LEOs should consider.
Reality Training: Standoffs and compliance– 2
Dave Smith reviews footage of a standoff that escalated into a gun battle and shares key points about de-escalation tactics and use of force.
Reality Training: Improvised tools as weapons– 6
Sometimes law enforcement calls for a little creativity. In this episode of Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews footage of an LEO's use of an improvised less lethal tool and provides lessons for thinking on your feet.
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