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New Book: Deadly Force Encounters, Second Edition: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others

With their latest book, Deadly Force Encounters, Second Edition, Dr. Alexis Artwohl and Loren W. Christensen present the much-anticipated update to their groundbreaking 1997 publication. Still focused on preparing cops “to mentally and physically prepare for and survive a gunfight,” the authors’ second edition is thoughtfully expanded to include civilians who may suddenly find themselves...
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The Story of Officer Daniel Pantaleo

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired.  And if you believed that Officer Pantaleo brutally choked Eric Garner to death for nothing more than selling cigarettes, then the firing came as welcome news—a small but hard-fought move toward justice.  Hard-fought because, even though cellphone videos show Officer Pantaleo’s arm around the neck of Mr. Garner, the...
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Force Science Launches New Studies Of Assailants’ Threatening Moves

A major fresh look at some of the Force Science Institute’s seminal research on the physical dynamics of assaults on officers is underway at two universities. The goal, says FSI’s executive director Dr. Bill Lewinski, is to use highly sophisticated technology that’s now available to more deeply explore earlier findings that have become critical to...
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Survey Officer Attitudes Before Issuing Body Cams, Researchers Urge

For bests results, it’s important for agencies contemplating the adoption of body-worn cameras to survey their officers’ attitudes about this equipment before issuing it, says a research team of experts on this increasingly hot technology. Understanding the “extent to which officers are open” to wearing cameras and “their views on the positive and negative aspects...
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Two New Case Histories: Force Science And The Aftermath Of Violent Encounters

How do principles of human behavior and memory stimulation studied in Force Science certification classes get applied in real-world policing? Consider the recent experiences of 2 police trainers and Force Science graduates who played pivotal roles in significant use-of-force investigations, 1,700 miles and an international border apart. In one, an officer ended up cleared of...
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Drunk, Drugged, Violence-Prone Suspects Most Likely To Be Shot By Police

An important new study examines officer-involved shootings from a different perspective, focusing not on what police bring to these encounters but on certain behavioral characteristics of the people they most often use deadly force against. The research, based on the shooting experiences of one large sheriff’s department in California, shows that subjects who are under...
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