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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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Keys to Training Excellence

After decades of assessing law-enforcement training, the Force Science Institute (FS) continues to share some of its most compelling research findings. In this series, we introduced our research into traditional training methods and identified the circumstances under which simple and complex skills can quickly deteriorate (Part 1).  We then detailed our assessment of police training...
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Police Skills Training

Block Training in the Academy – Efficiency & Effectiveness Are Not The Same

Part 3 of 4  | View Part 1 & Part 2 The 2015 Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommended federal funding “to promote consistent standards for high quality training” and to “develop rigorous training practices, evaluation, and development of curricula based on evidence-based practices.” To date, nothing has been developed regarding academy training. ...
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Police Arrest and Control

The Effectiveness of Academy Training – A Three Country Study

Part 2 of 4  | View Part 1 CHALLENGE The very first Force Science study on force training was commissioned to assess “use of force training” by a national police agency.  The agency sought Force Science’s expertise on a comparison of arrest and control training programs in three countries (Canada, United States, and United Kingdom)...
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Police Academy Training

Police Officer Training | 4-Part Series

Do We Train to Assure Officer Success…  or to “Check the Box?” Part 1 of 4 The average U.S. law enforcement department spends approximately one hundred thousand dollars, from application to academy graduation, preparing officers for the multiple demands they will face on a daily basis while working the street.  They must know everything from...
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Use Of Force Perceptions & Skills Retention Studies Are Conference Topics

Preview reports on Force Science research findings regarding the public’s perceptions of police use of force, the retention rates of physical skills training, and the nature of unintentional discharges were showcased recently at major professional conferences in California and Minnesota. Thumbnail summaries: Civilian beliefs about use of force by police are often shockingly far from...
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FS Researchers Inform Academics On Realities Of Policing

Researchers with the Force Science Institute continue to bring a realistic perspective on law enforcement issues to the largely civilian academic community. Dr. John O’Neill and Dr. Dawn O’Neill of the Force Science staff made separate presentations in Denver recently at the annual convention of the prestigious Assn. of Behavior Analysis International. The convention attracted...
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FSI Study: The Surprising Deadly Threat Of Firearms Novices

In a close up gunfight, who stands a better chance of delivering an immediately fatal shot to the head: an officer who has completed typical police firearms training or a subject who has little or no experience with a handgun? Alarmingly, according to a newly published study by the Force Science Institute, the odds lie...
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