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New Study on Shooting Accuracy. How Does Your Agency Stack Up?

The newest study of police shooting accuracy in deadly force encounters reflects the experience of just one municipal department. But to whatever extent the findings can be generalized, the picture is indeed a disturbing one. Researchers analyzed 149 real-life OISs recorded over a 15-year period by Dallas (TX) PD. In nearly half of these encounters,...
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How To Avoid Legal Missteps On Suicidal-Subject Calls

With threatened and completed suicides dramatically on the rise, LEOs are increasingly facing challenging and complex calls about people in perilous crisis. The overwhelming response objective, of course, is to save lives. But if officers don’t understand the legal realities of these dicey situations, they run the risk of making matters worse, with the officers...
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Rumored Risk Of CEWs Put To Rest (No, They Don’t Cause ExDS)

Some researchers have speculated that shocks from conducted energy weapons may induce excited delirium in resistant arrestees. But a new study serves to debunk that rumored risk. The speculation has centered on serotonin, an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. Abnormally high levels of serotonin can be life-threatening, while producing some of the...
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Why So Many Shots In An OIS? A FS Advanced Specialist Explains

Trained by Hollywood to expect that a single round is enough to fatally wound a threatening suspect, noncops may question OISs in which multiple shots were fired. Why did officers fire so many rounds? Why was the suspect shot after already falling to the ground? Why did some bullets hit him in the back? For...
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Official After-Action Report Challenges Some Terrorist Study Findings

In a previous post, we reported an after-action paper authored by a team of medical professionals regarding a terrorist attack on a conference center in San Bernardino, CA, in which 14 people were killed and 22 seriously wounded. That study, headed by Dr. Joshua Bobko, has been challenged for allegedly containing “factual errors that are...
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New Books Offer How-to Help on High-priority Policing Challenges

Two new books have crossed our desk of late, addressing two high-priority challenges for law enforcement: how to mitigate crises that threaten public confidence in policing and how to design training scenarios that offer realistic stress immersion to prepare officers for the street. Reviews follow below: 1. Are you ready for the crisis ordeal that...
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New On Facebook: “Civil Discourse” Site For Cops & Civilians

What if there was a social media page where police agencies could post video from body cams, along with detailed explanations of what’s happening in the footage? What if police trainers and other law enforcement experts could engage with curious civilians in a rational and reasonable dialogue about videos posted to social media? Imagine the...
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New Wellness Center: Stress & Substance Abuse Therapy For Cops Only

An innovative medical treatment facility, exclusively for LEOs burdened by substance abuse, stress overload, marital problems, or other wellness-threatening issues, is scheduled to open within the next few months, not far from the Force Science Training headquarters in a Chicago suburb. Dubbed St. Michael’s House, after the archangel patron of warriors, the special, nondenominational facility...
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New Video Combats Public Myths About Police Shootings

In a unique production assisted by the Force Science Institute, law enforcement authorities in an Oregon county have created an online video that explains to civilians the realities of officer-involved shootings and counters prevalent myths fostered by Hollywood fantasies. In 17 minutes, the program ranges from addressing why officers don’t try to shoot knives out...
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The Science of Force Confrontations Now Available In 1 Neat Package

A one-stop source of information on what officers, trainers, investigators and administrators need to know about the effects of stress on performance and memory in critical incidents is now available for download by clicking here. The report, 24 pages and nearly 12,000 words long, is a comprehensive and thoroughly documented summary of the latest research...
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