Participants in the Force Science Institute’s intensive five-day certification program uncover the unbiased truth and scientific realities surrounding officer performance under stress, action/reaction time, memory, decision-making and more aspects of complex, rapidly unfolding encounters.
By taking part in this on-site course, you learn how to accomplish the following:
What does it mean to officially be a Force Science Analyst? Individuals who successfully complete the five-day program receive this certification, which attests that the holder has been trained to recognize and articulate important psychological, biological and physiological factors that can affect behavior and memory in force encounters and pursuit situations.
Force science is a science-based area of focus, like accident reconstruction or blood-spatter analysis. Investigators who have been certified in Force Science Analysis will have a grasp of human dynamics they can apply to determine how and why a force confrontation proceeded and evolved as it did. Students also know how to extract relevant recollections from participants’ and witnesses’ memories. The information produced by these analysts can be vital to administrators, internal affairs personnel, chiefs, review board members, prosecutors, judges and jurors – all the individuals who must judge the nature of the encounter.
Encounters involving the use of lethal force are often very brief and violent. A peace officer needs to give his or her utmost in response, perception, decision-making and performance to protect him or herself as well as enforce public safety. Judgments passed on actions in these situations, whether in administrators’ offices, courts, media coverage or among the public are often made long after the fact and without a foundation in the science of human behavior or performance under stress.
The Force Science Institute’s certification program uses the combined knowledge of a team of world-class experts to explore the complex mix of human dynamics involved in the often complicated, confusing and controversial uses of force by law enforcement personnel.
The primary objective of the five-day course is to prepare law enforcement professionals to understand human factor dynamics more thoroughly and completely while investigating cases involving the use of force. This preparation allows graduates to draw clear, accurate and concise conclusions. Participants will learn to promote peak performance in pressure situations and learn what actually occurs in tense and emotionally charged use-of-force events.
Enrollees will receive a window into the latest research on:
The course will use this research and input from a group of experts to teach the following concepts and more:
The certification program also imparts the latest unique and scientifically based insights on hot law enforcement topics such as:
The Force Science Certification Course curriculum has been assembled by a team of experts to give participants a window into the latest science on performance and behavior. This group has been brought together to deepen scientific research into the circumstances of force encounters and the psychological and physiological factors that affect them. In addition to leading courses, the experts provide data, resources and tools to professionals brought in to investigate OIS and other use of force situations.
Dr. Lewinski’s groundbreaking work is the foundation for the Force Science Certification Course, and the group responsible for its content comprises:
The Force Science Certification Course was one of the best training programs I have attended in my 41-year career. A relative is an Assistant State’s Attorney, and I have recommended that she also attend ASAP!
The information taught at the Force Science Certification Course is vital to educating investigators, judicial officers and ultimately, through the involvement of educated law enforcement personnel, the general public as well, to the complex human dynamics and science involved in officer-involved shootings and other force events.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who deals with OIS’s and other uses of force, including Chiefs, Sheriffs & DAs. Knowing that this quality of research and scientific understanding of human behavior is out there is a must! This class is as important – if not more important -than the FBI National Academy and Northwestern’s Leadership course!