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Force Science News #198: Vascular neck restraint: Reprieve for a bum-rapped technique

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Editor’s note: CONGRATULATIONS to the 44 graduates of the most recent Force Science Certification Course! We’re honored to have had the privilege of working with this impressive group of newly certified Force Science Analysts who proudly represented 33 agencies from 15 states/provinces. Well done!

If you’re interested in attending a Force Science Certification Course, click here for the updated 2012 schedule or visit www.forcescience.org.

Vascular neck restraint: Reprieve for a bum-rapped technique

For the first time, a scientific research team has used modern technology to confirm just how a vascular neck restraint works to produce unconsciousness. The findings emphatically refute assertions that this valuable control technique is inherently dangerous and potentially lethal.

“With the majority of subjects [in the study] rendered unconscious and, importantly, [with] no serious adverse events in our subjects, we conclude that VNR is a safe and effective force intervention,” writes the lead researcher, Dr. Jamie Mitchell.

He hedges that statement by cautioning that “outcomes could vary” in some populations, such as unhealthy or older subjects, who were not part of the study. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 27th, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Force Science News #197: AELE analysis: When force against the mentally disturbed is justified & more

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Editor’s note: Congratulations to Hillsboro (OR) PD’s Officer Roberto DiGiulio who, following an agency wide nomination and election process, has just been named Officer of the Year for 2011. Roberto has played a valuable role not only as a highly talented and motivated member of the outstanding team of HPD trainers but as an outspoken and hands-on supporter of our research and training efforts at Force Science. Well done and well deserved, Roberto!

In this edition:

I. AELE analysis: When force against the mentally disturbed is justified

II. Correction & elaboration on prone positioning study report

III. Full excited delirium report now available free online

IV. How are you keeping the edge as you age? Trainer needs your help

V. University lecture series to honor FSI’s Lewinski

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February 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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