The Force Science® Institute will hold its first Association of Force Science® Conference October 24th – 25th at our Chicago training center. The conference will provide continuing education and networking opportunities for Force Science® graduates and those interested in learning more about behavioral science and human performance in law enforcement. The latest Force Science® findings will be revealed. Attendees will hear how experienced law enforcement practitioners and researchers are applying Force Science® to investigations, court proceedings, practice, and training. Conference registration includes Association membership. Pre- and post-conference trainings will be offered October 23rd and 26th.
(for pricing see bottom of Conference Registration page)
Call for Presentations
The call for conference presentations is now active for all Advanced Force Science® Specialists. You must be a Specialist to submit a proposal. Presentations are 40 minutes with a 10-minute Q&A (50 minutes total). Please submit your proposed topic, presentation title, presenting author(s), abstract, learning objectives, and supporting files below. The deadline for conference presentation proposals is April 15th, 2018.
Day 1: Pre-Conference Training: Body Cameras & Other Recordings in Law Enforcement
(8 AM – 5 PM, October 23rd, 2018)
• The strengths and limitations of body cameras and other recording devices that need to be understood and considered during investigations.
• Human memory vs. electronic recording: Why the two may differ dramatically and the implications of that reality during force investigations.
• Understanding and explaining why what a camera sees may not be what an officer sees during a high-stress, rapidly unfolding force encounter.
• The impact of lighting, camera angle, and frame rate on recordings of fast moving events.
• Recommendations and timing considerations related to whether officers should view video of their encounters before submitting to formal interviews.
• Technology and techniques that can help agencies “flesh out” two-dimensional video footage in an effort to present the most realistic picture of an officer’s sensory experience during a high-stress, rapidly unfolding force encounter.
• Don’t just push play: Tips for appropriately presenting and positioning footage of a filmed force encounter in a manner that helps maximize understanding of the realities of human performance.
Days 2-3: Association of Force Science® Conference
(8 AM – 4:30 PM, October 24th -25th, 2018)
• Application of behavioral science to case conceptualization and analysis.
• Case preparation and cross examination: how to successfully bring science to the courtroom and navigate attacks against scientific principles.
• Implications of the newest Force Science® research findings on exertion, shooting dynamics, memory, perceptions vs. realities of policing, training, & unintentional discharges.
• The latest research on officer stress, decision-making, and performance from Advanced Force Science® Specialists.
• How to introduce and apply human factors and behavioral science at your agency.
• Hear from Director, Dr. William Lewinski, about the application of Force Science® to legal proceedings, investigations, practice, and training.
• Network with Force Science® Use-of-Force Analysts and Advanced Specialists.
Day 4: Post-Conference Training (Two Tracks)
Track I: Realistic De-Escalation
(8 AM – 5 PM, October 26th, 2018)
• Avoid dangerous “de-escalation myths” that can jeopardize officers, subjects and entire communities.
• Use critical Force Science® concepts as the “Response-ability Zone” and the “7 T’s De-escalation Evaluation Model” to evaluate options at a scene or during investigations.
• Improve your ability to safely and effectively navigate challenging encounters with subjects with mental illness.
• Dramatically enhance de-escalation efforts by strategically combining human performance research findings, observations of subject behavior, and the right psychological techniques for negotiation and influence.
• Employ specialized questions specifically designed to cognitively engage individuals in crisis and increase the likelihood of a non-forceful resolution.
• Better ensure that officers’ approach and control strategies maximize their response options while minimizing the potential for unnecessary emotional and/or physical escalation.
• Balance the desirability of trying to resolve a conflict peacefully with the need to maintain officer and citizen safety.
Track II: Principles of Training, Performance, and Learning
(8 AM – 5 PM, October 26th, 2018)
• Practice makes permanent: Dispelling common myths of learning.
• How to assess and track objective changes in performance.
• Training under the optimal conditions: How exercise, memory, and sleep can impact learning and performance.
• Adapting to the digital age: Using effective teaching technologies.
• The latest Force Science® findings on effective training methods that result in skill long-term retention and how to incorporate them into a training program.
• He gave him the gun back? Training scars and how to avoid them.
• Making a difference: Becoming a positive behavior change agent at your agency.
Special Conference Events
October 23rd: Advanced Force Science® Specialist Meeting & Reception (6-7:30 PM)
October 24th: Evening Social Reception for all Attendees (5-6:30 PM)
October 25th: Conference Awards Ceremony (4:30 – 5:00 PM)