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5-Day Force Science Certification Course

Chicago, IL | September 21 - 25, 2020

Hosted by the Force Science Institute

Uncover the unbiased truth and scientific realities surround officer performance under stress, action/reaction time, memory, decision-making and more in complex, rapidly unfolding encounters.

The Force Science Certification Course is designed to help you:

  • Develop understanding of officer performance
  • Revolutionize your training programs
  • Support community and media relation efforts
  • Counter unfounded accusations of misconduct
  • Enhance investigations
  • Inform policy decisions
  • Improve post-event interviews
  • Evaluate tactics and force options

COURSE DETAILS

Class Length
5 Days

Delivery
9 Expert Instructors

Onsite Check-In
Monday
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Course Schedule
Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Local Time

1-Hour Lunch on Your Own

Friday
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Local Time

Tuition
$1,650

Certification Type
Force Science Analyst

Registration Help

1-800-526-9444
help@forcescience.org

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT

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Location

Force Science Institute
2700 S River Road
Suite 300
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Recommended

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O’Hare Airport
2930 S River Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Reservations: 847 296-8900

Alternative

Hotel

Comfort Inn O’Hare Convention Center
2175 E Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Reservations: 847-635-1300

Special Rate: $89/night
(includes Breakfast, WiFi, Shuttle Service)

 

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COURSE FAQS

What is the Daily Instruction Like?

Topics will include reaction times, perceptual distortions, narrowed vision, language limitations, and memory gaps–factors that investigators need to be aware of and fully understand, especially in controversial or puzzling cases. Students will also learn the need to be able to articulate in reports and testimony how these factors may have influenced an event, to give as complete a picture as possible of what happened. And they need to understand how the traumatized brain functions so they can adapt their interviewing techniques to recover a maximum amount of valid material from the participants.

Students will come away with an enhanced understanding of the protocol for investigating and interviewing that will best assure a fair, balanced, impartial, and comprehensive explanation of the encounter in question.

It is not an investigator’s job to determine if an officer’s behavior, let’s say, was right or wrong in a use of force situation. But it is the investigator’s job to clearly and objectively present all the potentially relevant facts to the person or person(s) responsible for that decision. Without this training, it is highly likely that pivotal truths related to human performance will be misinterpreted or missed entirely in high-profile cases where the stakes are life-changing.

Is Group Participation Expected?

An important part of the Force Science Certification process is interactive participation with students. At registration, class participants will receive a large course binder that in addition to materials related to each block of instruction, will include detailed evidentiary information related to an actual officer-involved shooting case students will “investigate.”

Each night immediately following class, Dr. Lewinski will personally facilitate an intensive group discussion exercise in the classroom with the entire student body centered on applying the information taught each day to that case. Dr. Lewinski will pose compelling questions related to the case in a Socratic, “guided discovery” fashion designed to help students tap into their newly acquired knowledge and apply it in a practical, real-world fashion likely to be mirrored in their own professional activities. This exercise will also allow Dr. Lewinski, and potentially other members of the teaching staff, to further elaborate on a number of the topics covered that day in class.

The class is designed to be a highly interactive experience to allow students to make practical applications of what they’ve learned, just as they would in a real investigative setting.

Will I Need to Take an Exam?

A closed book written test will be distributed on the afternoon of the fourth day. This test consists of a compilation of questions, generated by each instructor, that are designed to confirm your level of understanding and retention of the information presented throughout the week.

What is Your Registration Policy?

Please note ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. Cancellations will not be accepted. Substitution for a registered seat will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To discuss substituting a student, please call us directly at 1-800-526-9444.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

We accept checks, credit cards, PayPal, money orders, and bank wires.

Please contact us directly at help@forcescience.org or call us 1-800-526-9444 for payment and billing questions.