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Force Science Achieves National Certification and International Recognition

In 2015, the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) began the National Certification Program for law enforcement continuing education. In partnership with 36 states, IADLEST employs more than 200 experts to review and validate proposed law enforcement training. With certification standards that exceed individual state requirements, IADLEST-certified training has been...
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Year in Review | Top Articles of 2021

Force Science News has been providing expert analysis of current events, police practices, and force-related research for over two decades! Subscription is FREE and provides access to hundreds of articles that detail the history of use of force law, policies, and practices. A searchable database allows readers to explore the early understanding, development, and modern...
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Unintended: A Theory of Taser / Weapon Confusion

Editor’s Note: Studying performance errors in policing can be difficult for researchers who cannot ethically replicate the dangerous conditions present in lethal force encounters. To overcome this limitation, researchers routinely consider evidence derived from other professions and industries (e.g., aerospace (Airbus), aeronautics (NASA), pharmaceutical, occupational safety and health, medical, industrial engineering, and transportation). Recent events...
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Force Science Scholarship Award Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the Force Science Scholarship Awards. This award was created from a partnership between VirTra and the Force Science Institute, allowing twelve outstanding peace officers around the country to earn a scholarship to a five-day Force Science Certification Course in 2021. The peace officers chosen were from: Ames Police...
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The Advanced Force Science Specialist Course – Updated, Expanded, and Now Approved for Undergraduate and Graduate College Credits!

Force Science is proud to announce the latest version of its successful Advanced Force Science Specialist course. This updated and expanded program includes additional subject matter experts and will be led by Dr. John Azar-Dickens. Dr. Azar-Dickens is a clinical psychologist, an active police officer, and frequent presenter for the Force Science Institute. The Advanced...
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Dr. Lewinski: On Creating Expert Decision-makers

Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, sees clearly the “clinical” nature of law enforcement and the need for excellent decision-making: “The police world is just like other clinical professions. Officers must engage in educated assessments, decisions, and interventions.” Dr. Lewinski explained: “Before the police act, before any intervention, there is a...
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COVID-19 | Force Science Training Postponements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requests from host agencies, a handful of Force Science courses are being postponed over the next few months in order to do our part to help assure public health and to comply with city, state, and federal response guidelines. For the courses affected, each attendee will receive an email...
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Edward J Nowicki

The Passing of Ed Nowicki

The Force Science Institute regrets to announce the passing of Ed Nowicki, one of our nation’s most outstanding law enforcement leaders. Edward J. Nowicki, founder of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, left this life on December 5, 2019.  ILEETA has announced that memorials in Ed’s name may be made to the: National...
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VirTra and Force Science Announce Scholarship Award Recipients

VirTra and the Force Science Institute have partnered up to provide scholarship awards for twelve peace officers to attend a five-day Force Science Analyst Certification course so more officers can obtain a higher level of learning. The following winners are as follows: Polk County Sheriff’s Office, IowaSaint Peter Police Department, MinnesotaStoughton Police Department, MassachusettsO’Fallon Police...
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Force Science Encourages Survey Participation: What Skills are Required for Leadership in Public Safety?

Washington State University (WSU), in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST), is working to identify a comprehensive set of critical skills required for leadership in the public safety sector. This survey is for Law Enforcement, Corrections, Parole & Probation, Fire, EMS, and Telecommunications/Dispatch. Force Science encourages public safety personnel at...
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