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Behavioral Indicators for Potential Assault on LEO or Escape

Course length

8 Hours

About the course

This class works to identify behavior that may indicate when a use of force encounter may occur by defining indicators for violence officers can easily recognize flags that a subject may be planning to commit violence to escape or assault a law enforcement. This class introduces Colonel John Boyd's OODA Loop Concept. Using video of use of force incidents along with research by Calibre Press, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officer’s Killed in Action (LEOKA) breakdown and Force Science to show how and why assaults on law enforcement officers occur. Using these pre-assault indicators allows officers to create known stimulus concepts and plan for the event and be prepared if a use of force encounter takes place.

Using positive outcome video of violent encounters, mental imaging and planning discussion is centered on how to deal with officer injuries as they relate to prevailing in a use of force encounter. Discussion points on John Boyd’s OODA loop are simplified and provide a backdrop for officers to utilize in planning and action during dynamic use of force incidents. By examining unnecessary use of force incidents, preventative actions can be discussed using the landmark Graham vs. Connor case. Included in this discussion is proper documentation concepts and street patrol tactics to employ while being proactive in crime detection or response to incidents.

Lastly the class discusses current ballistic data that defines how incapacitation occurs and why. Methods to prepare for armed conflict are identified and discussed in order to provide officers an in depth look in layman’s terms at how weapon related incidents evolve and what physical changes occur in the human body that create incapacitation not only of an offender but to ourselves. Denial and other talking points pioneered by Lt. Colonel David Grossman provide the backdrop for these lessons to law enforcement in today’s world.

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