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Science, Tactics and Legal Issues Surrounding Deadly Force

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About the course

Law Enforcement officers could be called upon at times to exercise their unique power to use deadly force in light of the facts and circumstances confronting them. Recently the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers has become arguably the most visible public policy issue. The use of deadly force by an officer is the most momentous decision an officer will ever make during a career.
Interest in officers’ use of deadly force includes attention to how officers make the decision to use their firearms during encounters with a suspect. During this training officers shall explore the science of deadly force, tactics, legal and policy issues, as well as hear from officers who have been involved in using deadly force incidents. Participants will examine lessons learned from a number of deadly force incidents as well as hear from an Independent Police Monitor as well as explore a number of firsthand interviews conducted of police officers who have been involved in deadly force incidents.
Special Guest Speakers will include a Medical Doctor, an Independent Police Monitor, Internal Affairs Investigator, and a number of law enforcement officers who have been involved in using deadly force.
Who Should Attend: Patrol Officers, Detectives, Supervisors, Commanders, Command Staff, Training and Firearms Instructors and All Law Enforcement Officers.

Topics to be Covered Include:

 Review of Data on Deadly Force, Analysis of Deadly Force Incidents,

 Lessons Learned from Deadly Force Incidents, Stress An Officer Experiences After a Deadly Force Incident,

 Science and Technology, An Officer’s Firsthand Account of a Deadly Force Incident, Independent Police Monitor and Investigating Deadly Force Incidents,

 Mental Illness and Deadly Force, Decision-making During a Deadly Force Incident, Neuroendocrine System and Your Bodies Response to Distress,

 Understanding Your Brain’s Functions and Response to Stress, Biological Imperatives of Survival, Perceptual Impairments During Deadly Force,

 Psychology of Deadly Force, Challenges of Deadly Force in the 21st Century, Crossroads of Tactical and Legal Issues in Making a Deadly Force Decision,

 Improving Training to Prepare Officers to Make Better Decisions, Interviews With Officers Who Used Deadly Force, Case Studies of Police Deadly Force Incidents,

 Police Pursuits and Deadly Force, Escalation and De-Escalation, Policy Issues and General Orders on Deadly Force, Use of Deadly Force Off-Duty, Arrest-Related Deaths,

 Support for an Officer After a Deadly Force Incident, Legal Issues Involved in Deadly Force, US Supreme Court Cases on Deadly Force,

 Police Deadly Force in the Media-Perception versus Reality

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