Information on training from the Force Science Institute

Two-Day Force Science Basics Program

I. Information on the course

II. Frequently asked questions

III. Pricing

IV. A/V and Site Requirements

V. How To Schedule

I. The Force Science Basics course


This program, created and instructed exclusively by the Force Science Institute, is designed to clearly present, in a practical and understandable fashion, the results of the most cutting edge research into the dynamics of human behavior during life-threatening encounters.


The class will explore Force Science, the application of unbiased scientific principles and processes in repetitive physical experiments designed to determine the true nature of suspect provocation and officer response (action-reaction dynamics). The goal of the program is to encourage law enforcement professionals to apply the important concepts revealed in this research when investigating, reconstructing, recalling or otherwise analyzing a use of force. The integration of this information has been proven to enhance the accuracy and thoroughness of decisions made relative to behavior and performance during the incident.


The Force Science Institute uses sophisticated time-and-motion measurements to document—often for the first time—critical hidden truths about the physical and mental dynamics of life-threatening events, particularly officer-involved shootings. Its startling findings profoundly impact officer training and safety, and the public’s naive perceptions. In fact, the Institute’s findings have been directly credited with saving officer lives on the street and with preventing some officers from going to prison after being wrongly accused of criminally using deadly force.


Force Science researchers have destroyed myths and discovered cold facts about some of the most controversial force issues, including:


· How threatening suspects end up shot in the back by well-trained officers making valid, lawful shooting decisions.


·  Why officers continue to fire “extra” rounds in high-adrenalin confrontations after the threat has ended.


· How to best analyze video footage of force encounters and things you need to know about limitations of cameras that must be considered during investigations.


· What popular tactics used by some officers trying to reduce lag time actually put the officers at greater risk.


· How perceptual alterations and stress-induced memory gaps can impact an officer’s ability to accurately recall incident details.


· How quickly suspects can launch an attack and why officers and trainers must take Force Science speed studies into account when preparing for a confrontation.


· How investigators can best “mine” officers’ memories and avoid interviewing mistakes that can put the officer, the investigator and the entire department in jeopardy.


· What the most recent Force Science studies have to say about traffic stop assault response and officer movement, threats posed by prone subjects, the impact of exhaustion on officer memory and performance and more.




II. Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What’s the difference between the 2-Day Force Science Basics program and the Force Science Certification Course?


The short answer is the depth of exploration of the Force Science principles explored in class. The full Force Science Certification Course is a more in-depth program that involves an intense week of study, a daily practical application component and a written exam that, upon successful completion, results in certification.


The 2-day Force Science Basics program is also an intense, eye-opening course that gives a rich overview of the principles of Force Science research and its application in training, investigations and performance, but does not involve as much exploration into the particulars of those principles.


Q: What does it cost to host?


For a price proposal please e-mail your name, rank, agency and agency city & state along with your phone number to: and a training staff member will respond promptly with cost information.


Q: Is there a maximum limit to attendance?


Maximum attendance is typically 100 students at the contracted price (see below). However, additional attendance beyond that number can easily be discussed.


Q: Is there a minimum attendance requirement?




Q: Can multiple agencies share the cost of the program?


Yes. There is no limit to the number of co-hosting agencies who may want to share costs and invoicing can be divided between agencies. Just let us know how you would like the billing divided.


Q: Can host agencies invite personnel from neighboring agencies and charge tuition to offset cost?




Q: Who can attend the 2-day courses?


The 2-day Force Science Basics course is important for law enforcement personnel of all ranks including, but not limited to, line officers, trainers, field supervisors, internal affairs personnel, chiefs and other top administrators, risk managers, departmental attorneys, prosecutors, and risk managers. Agencies have also found it helpful to invite mayors and other local political figures who may be approached for comment or judgment after a police use-of-force event as well as select community representatives.


Q: Who teaches Force Science Basics courses?


Force Science Basics courses, offered exclusively by the Force Science Institute, are conducted by elite, highly specialized instructors who have been personally trained by FSI Executive Director Dr. Bill Lewinski and the Force Science team of experts.


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III. Program Pricing


For a price proposal please e-mail your name, rank, agency and agency city & state along with your phone number to: and a training staff member will respond promptly with cost information.




IV. Audio/Visual & Site Requirements


The host agency will provide or make arrangements for the following:


A classroom that will comfortably seat all attendees in a fashion that allows for clear sight of the instructor. Ideally, each student will have a writing surface.


The classroom will be equipped with a built-in sound system that allows for high quality, consistent voice and computer video sound projection.  This system will allow for volume variation and stereo sound. A wireless lapel microphone system, compatible with the house sound system, along with sufficient battery supply to last throughout the two-day course, will be provided.

An A/V technician or staff member thoroughly versed in all elements of the audio and visual systems of the main classroom will be made readily available for set-up prior to the start of the program and throughout the two days of training to ensure appropriate functioning of all A/V systems at all times.


The classroom will have a lighting system that allows for variable light levels and will be free from large, uncovered windows or other lighting challenges that would compromise the clarity of projection on the screen.

One newer model LCD projector, less than five years old, that provides a minimum projection strength of 2000 lumens and is set to function at full capacity will be provided. The projector will be appropriately positioned in the room to provide for maximum image clarity.

The connection between the projector and the instructors’ computers will be positioned such that the instructors have ready access to their computers during the presentations.


At the time of the start of the course, this main projector should contain either a new bulb or one that is functioning at new or near-new capacity. Ideally, a back-up bulb will be readily available in the event of burnout or malfunction. Please note that powerful projection strength sufficient to provide for extremely clear still slide images and video footage viewing is critical to the successful presentation of the program.

A main screen of sufficient size and positioning to allow for all in the classroom to see clearly will be provided.


It is the sole responsibility of the purchasing agency/organization to solicit attendance for this class. The Force Science Institute will, if requested, provide to the agency/organization class information for a promotional flyer or other promotional elements, but cannot participate in additional marketing efforts.



V. How to Schedule a Force Science Basics Course


To schedule a Force Science Basics course at your location please contact:


Scott Buhrmaster

Vice President of Operations

Force Science Institute

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