Foundational Principles of Force Science

2-Day Course | Hosted or Open Registration Options Available


The past several years have seen a remarkable surge in the research into numerous aspects of human performance into the rapidly-unfolding, complex and high-consequence events that law enforcement officers often confront. This program, created and instructed exclusively by the Force Science Institute, is designed to present in practical and easy to understand terms, the results of the most cutting-edge research into the dynamics of human behavior during life-threatening encounters, and how the findings relate to individual officers and agencies.

Course Goal

The goal of this program is to teach law enforcement professionals to apply critical concepts revealed in the research when responding, investigating, reconstructing, recalling, or otherwise analyzing the use of force. Additionally, the incorporation of the concepts into police officer training paradigms and frontline policing is crucial to enhance officer performance and safety. The application and integration of knowledge gleaned through this class has been proven to improve the accuracy and thoroughness of decisions made relative to behavior and performance during the incident.


Our curriculum uses sophisticated time-and-motion measurements to document critical hidden truths about the physical and mental dynamics of life-threatening events. This information applies to individual officers to understand and counteract the effects of fear and stress and is necessary to investigate not only officer-involved shootings but all force encounters appropriately. The Institute’s research findings have been directly credited with saving officer lives on the streets in addition to preventing some officers from going to prison after being wrongly accused of the criminal use of deadly force.

In this class, you’ll discover the science-backed facts about some of the most controversial force issues, including, but not limited to:

  • How threatening suspects may be shot in the back by a well-trained officer who made a valid, lawful shooting decision.
  • Why officers, in high-adrenalin confrontations, will continue to fire what some commentators will judge as “unnecessary” rounds.
  • How to analyze video footage of force encounters and what you need to know about the limitations of cameras.
  • 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 impact an officers’ 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 “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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between the Foundational Principles and Force Science 5-Day 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 Foundational Principles of Force Science 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.

Who should attend this program?

The Foundational Principles of Force Science program 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, 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.

Who teaches the Foundational Principles of Force Science?

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

Is there a minimum or maximum limit to attendance when hosting?

There is no minimum requirement. Maximum attendance is typically 100 students at the contracted price. However, additional attendance beyond that number can easily be discussed.

May multiple agencies share the cost of the program when hosting?

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. Agencies are welcome to invite personnel from neighboring agencies and charge tuition to help offset cost.


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