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Two Use Of Force Documents That Warrant Your Attention Online

Two informative documents related to use-of-force issues have been posted for free access online by the nonprofit, police training and advocacy group, Americans for Effective Law Enforcement. 1. A 60-page article on police confrontations with armed, violent, and mentally ill subjects. The author, staff editor of the Whittier Law Review, points out that persons with...
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3 Keys For Maximizing The Value Of Video Footage

Getting maximum value from video of a controversial use-of-force encounter may require more than just viewing raw footage as it comes from the camera. In fact, three extra steps are often the keys that allow investigators and other interested parties to unlock critical secrets “hidden” in recordings that may not be evident at first glance,...
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First Study: Does Viewing Body Cam Footage Help Report Writing?

The impact of stress on memory can cause an officer’s recollection of a force encounter to include unintentional and sometimes major errors, but reviewing body camera recordings as a part of report writing may make the permanent record more accurate and complete, according to a new, first-of-its-kind human performance study. The researchers involved claim their...
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Does Your Agency Reflect These Use Of Force Trends?

A new use-of-force survey reveals that the use of batons as control or striking weapons is fading out, ground fighting warrants greater emphasis in training, and despite the hyperbolic media coverage of late most arrests are effected with verbal communication alone, with deadly force by police an extreme rarity. These and other findings about the...
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Critical Points To Ponder About A “Don’t Shoot At Vehicles” Policy

A growing number of agencies are specifying in policy that moving motor vehicles per se should no longer be considered deadly threats and that officers should not use deadly force to protect themselves or others from vehicular attack. Firing is permitted only when someone inside a vehicle is posing an immediate lethal threat with some...
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10 Limitations Of Body Cams You Need To Know For Your Protection

The idea is building that once every cop is equipped with a body camera, the controversy will be taken out of police shootings and other uses of force because “what really happened” will be captured on video for all to see. Well, to borrow the title from an old Gershwin tune, “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”...
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Can Cops Really Avoid “Extra” Shots? A Realistic Research Review

A flashpoint of controversy in some officer-involved shootings is when officers do not immediately cease fire the moment a deadly threat ends and they are no longer in mortal danger. An officer’s ability to instantly stop pulling the trigger once a “stop shooting” signal becomes evident is not always considered. Instead, the officer behind the...
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Study Confirms: Force-On-Force Benefits Top Traditional Target Training

In the first study of its kind, researchers have confirmed that force-on-force training is significantly superior to traditional firearms practice in at least three important ways: Force-on-force (FoF) scenarios that enable “suspects” to shoot at trainees generally stimulate a stronger physiological stress reaction in targeted officers They expose how badly officers’ shooting accuracy is likely...
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6 Ways Cops Can Aid Their Lawyers To Win Use Of Force Litigation

Are you an officer who has been involved in use-of-force hearings or litigation, or are you an attorney who represents LEOs when their force decisions are reviewed or challenged? If so, we’d like to hear your views on how an officer can best help a lawyer in preparing the strongest defense possible after an OIS...
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Large New Study Details Realities Of Force Use, Including Sudden Deaths

For the first time, a research study of a “very large sample size of real-world subjects” who actually underwent police use of force has determined with precision how often deaths occur in conjunction with forceful encounters. The frequency, in contrast to the impression often conveyed by the media and activist “watchdog” organizations, is extremely minimal,...
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