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Does Your Agency Reflect These Use Of Force Trends?

A new use-of-force survey reveals that the use of batons as control or striking weapons is fading out, ground fighting warrants greater emphasis in training, and despite the hyperbolic media coverage of late most arrests are effected with verbal communication alone, with deadly force by police an extreme rarity. These and other findings about the...
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New Study: Courts Recognizing Stress Effects In Excessive Force Litigation

A new study clearly documents a “significant and important” trend in federal courts to consider the physiological and psychological impact of stress on officer performance in cases alleging excessive force and inadequate training. “This finding,” says Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute, “is very encouraging to those of us who have...
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If You Name It, Train It: Make Policy More Than Just Words, Court Says

Having a policy on critical operational matters is one thing. Training on it is another. And if the two aren’t yoked together, brace for the worst. That caution has recently been emphatically underscored by both a jury verdict and a judge’s ruling in a U.S. District Court in the state of Washington in a case...
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“Current Training May Leave Officers More Vulnerable”: Early Highlights From Forthcoming FSI Assessment Project

The average officer within months of leaving an academy will be able only to describe how a given suspect-control technique should be used but will have “little ability” to actually apply it effectively in “a dynamic encounter with a defiantly resistant subject.” At the rate academy and in-service training is typically delivered, it could take...
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What You And Your Department Can Learn From Shooting Survivors

Part 1 of a 2-part series What helps and what hurts after a fatal shooting? Nobody knows better than officers who’ve been there. Recently a panel of 6 survivors of shootings in Wisconsin, along with 2 instructors who’ve collectively been involved in the aftermath of dozens of deadly police encounters, spoke their mind on the...
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Cutting Back On Training? Rethink That Idea

Editor’s note: Our strategic partner, PoliceOne.com, recently ran the following article in which Force Science Advisor Chuck Remsberg is quoted. As Chuck points out, although times are tight financially, it’s important to remember that there are some things—like training—that are crucial and necessary, regardless of economic conditions. Reputations, careers and lives can depend on it....
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New Study: When Civilians Would Shoot…And When They Think You Should

Fascinating experiments by 2 California researchers show that young civilians who might someday be on an OIS jury overwhelmingly disagree with veteran officers about when police are justified in shooting armed, threatening perpetrators. Interestingly, tests also reveal that when facing shoot/don’t shoot decisions of their own, civilians tend to be quick on the trigger—and often...
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Force Science To Bring Unique New Research-Based Police Driving Training To A Computer Screen Near You

Force Science to bring unique new research-based police driving training to a computer screen near you. A new collaboration between the Force Science Research Center and the producer of ground-breaking computerized training programs could soon radically alter the way officers learn to drive on high-speed pursuits, Code 3 calls, and conventional patrol. “The results will...
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Low-Cost Training In Crisis Decision-Making That Still “Makes ‘em Sweat”

Don’t have the money for a bells-and-whistles training simulator? Don’t have the time for realistic live role-playing? Despair not! If you have paper and pencils and a reality-based imagination, you can still prepare your officers to react immediately with good decisions in life-or-death crises, according to Dr. Laura Zimmerman, a research psychologist whose insights into...
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