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Force Science News #208: What Force Science still teaches about BART case, despite court ruling

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Training note: Just a reminder that all remaining 2012 Force Science Certification Courses are now full. The 2013 schedule will be released very soon. Thanks for your patience.

In this issue:

I. What Force Science still teaches about BART case, despite court ruling

II. A toast to one of law enforcement’s great warriors

I. What Force Science still teaches about BART case, despite court ruling

In the nation’s highest-profile case of weapons confusion, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a jury verdict of involuntary manslaughter was reasonable and a two-year prison sentence was warranted for former officer Johannes Mehserle, who swore that he thought he was deploying his Taser when he actually drew his pistol and fatally shot a struggling suspect.

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July 16th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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Force Science News #207: New study shines a revealing light on police injuries

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A groundbreaking pilot study of more than 9,700 officers, aimed at determining whether it’s feasible to establish a national reporting system for police injuries, has revealed a wealth of intriguing facts about LEOs hurt on duty.

Among the highlights:

• Training exercises were second only to making an arrest as the activity most often engaged in at the time of injury, with in-service training proving especially risky;

• Some 18% of officer injuries posed a risk of “significant external hemorrhage,” putting cops in the 99 percentile of all occupations for this danger;

• Of officers injured in vehicle crashes during emergency responses, more than three-fourths had five years or less on the job;

• Across all activity categories, motorcycle crashes, while among the least common occurrences, produced the highest average of lost work days per incident (28.4);

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July 1st, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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Force Science News #206: Bath salts, “best tactics” for high-risk, weapon confusion & more

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I. First roundup of “weapon confusion” cases now available free

II. New training aid reinforces “best tactics” for high-risk calls

III. A sergeant’s gritty book brings the street to the page

IV. After grisly attack, Canada acts to ban bath salts

V. Tactical tip for homicide investigators?

I. First roundup of “weapon confusion” cases now available free

In at least nine incidents in the U.S. and Canada, officers have mistakenly drawn their sidearm—thinking they were deploying their Taser—and unintentionally used deadly force against uncooperative suspects.

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June 15th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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Force Science News #205: New study: Detecting deception via Cognitive Interviewing

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 70 new Certified Force Science Analysts who graduated from the most recent Force Science Certification Course conducted last week in Hillsboro, OR. This diverse and extremely sharp group represented 41 agencies from 14 states and two countries. Nice work! Also, huge thanks to the outstanding Force & Tactics team at Hillsboro PD for their incredible hosting efforts!

New study: Detecting deception via Cognitive Interviewing

The Cognitive Interviewing process that can enhance the memories of witnesses and involved officers during use-of-force investigations has now been modified to make it a useful tool for also detecting possible deception when questioning suspects about crimes.

The modified protocol includes 2 unexpected requests that seem especially effective in exposing untruthfulness: 1) Asking the suspect to sketch 1 or more drawings to illustrate his story and 2) asking him to repeat his account in reverse order of occurrence, beginning with the end of the story and working backward in time. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 5th, 2012 at 9:29 am

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Force Science News #204: Doubts raised about certain reaction-time training exercises…and more.

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In this edition:

I. Doubts raised about certain reaction-time training exercises

II. New free site offers case-by-case details of Taser court decisions Read the rest of this entry »

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May 22nd, 2012 at 9:25 am

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