Force Science News #51:

Special Notice: Force Science Seminar Booked for California Sept. 27.







A full-day seminar on the latest ground-breaking findings from the Force Science Research Center will be presented Sept. 27 in Santa Clara, CA, south of San Francisco.


“The Force Science Seminar: Winning Extreme Encounters from Street to Court,” featuring FSRC executive director Dr. Bill Lewinski, is designed to help you:


–survive deadly confrontations


–properly investigate officer-involved shootings, or


–defend puzzling and controversial cases in court.



The program, sponsored by the Santa Clara PD, is open to all LE personnel and other professionals who need to understand the often-surprising truths about police use of lethal force.


California POST credit for the 71/2–hr. presentation has been applied for.


Attendance is especially urged for:


–use-of-force trainers

–IA and homicide investigators


–review board members

–crime scene investigators

–police attorneys

–medical examiners


–street officers and



During the seminar you’ll have opportunity to pose questions about force situations you’re familiar with and solicit insights from Force Science research that may help you resolve troublesome or controversial issues.


“The information presented can save lives and can make or break careers,” says Lewinski. “The seminar focuses on practical applications to real-life problems, and explores a number of fascinating shootings where Force Science played a decisive role.


“More and more, agencies not only are being sued but officers are being charged criminally or discharged from service after high-profile shootings, when actually they are innocent of wrongdoing. It’s just that they and the people investigating and judging their actions simply don’t know how to properly interpret the facts.


“Things are often not what they seem to be in controversial shootings. Our scientific research is proving many new things, and if these findings are not fully understood officers are more likely to be victimized–not only on the street but after a shooting, by misinterpretations during investigations, misrepresentations in the media, and misjudgments in court.”


The seminar content will be realistic and easily understood yet in many cases startling in terms of its ability to change thinking, procedures and consequences. Key topics will include:


–How what is now known about action and reaction times should change officer responses to lethal threats


–What constitutes an imminent threat vs. an immediate threat–and how an officer needs to react to each to stay safe


–Which popular survival shortcuts don’t work and actually may slow down reaction time


–How a suspect can present a face-to-face threat and end up legitimately shot in the back


–Why ejected shell casings can cause investigators to misread a shooting scene and draw false conclusions


–How tragic unintended discharges really occur–and how they can best be prevented


–Why “overkill” from firing “extra” rounds is often unavoidable and should not be interpreted as evidence of malice


–How “inattentional blindness” and the “funnel of concentration” affect what an officer sees when threatened–and how to improve visual scope and scan


–How “scan patterns,” especially when dealing with multiple suspects, affect officer reactions and can lead to misinterpretations of a shooting by eye witnesses


–Why pursuit-driving training in the US may be putting officers and the public at unnecessary risk and encouraging lawsuits


–What officers and administrators need to know about “excited delirium” to face an uninformed media


–How to properly document “state of mind” shootings that can otherwise backfire against officers and agencies


–What officers, investigators and police attorneys need to know about how high stress affects memory–and how “cognitive interviewing” can improve recall


–How and when officer statements should be taken after a life threat to assure the most reliable record


–How firearms training needs to change to accommodate new discoveries about human performance–and what officers can do on their own in the absence of agency support


–What new Force Science studies are currently underway that promise to change LE tactics and practices in the near future.


Lewinski, who has specialized in LE behavior and psychology for over 30 years, is recognized internationally as a foremost researcher and authority on use-of-force issues.


“The Force Science Seminar: Winning Extreme Encounters from Street to Court” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sept 27 at the Intel Corp. Auditorium, 3600 Juliette Ln., Santa Clara, CA. Check-in will begin at 7:45 a.m. Admission is $195.


Mail-in registration MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPT. 22, please send check payable to the Santa Clara Police Dept. to:


Sgt. Stacy MacFarlane, Training Mgr.

Santa Clara Police Dept.

601 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050.


After Sept. 22, please plan to pay at the door by check or cash.


NOTE: Even if you intend to walk in and pay at the door, YOU NEED TO MAKE AN ADVANCE RESERVATION. For reservations and information, contact: Reba Warren at 408-615-4861 between 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.


The location is convenient to the San Francisco and San Jose international airports. Attendees are expected from multiple states, providing excellent networking opportunities.


Nearby lodging with government rates available includes:


Holiday Inn Santa Clara

4200 Great America Pkwy

Santa Clara, CA 95054



Mariani’s Inn

2500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95051



Plaza Suites

3100 Lakeside Drive

Santa Clara, CA 95054



Best Western Inn

2585 Seaboard Ave

San Jose, CA 95313



Please let your colleagues know about this cutting-edge presentation by the world’s leading researcher of law enforcement use-of-force dynamics.


Written by Force Science Institute

August 18th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

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