We are plagued with stories about poor tactics and excessive use of force and as such public outcry for change is louder than ever. As a result, many agencies have attempted quick fixes without a true understanding of some of the underlying use-of-force concepts and principles that create a strong and defendable decision-making paradigm. Additionally, a better understanding of these foundational concepts will provide deputies with decision-making abilities and de-escalation skills (soft skills) that will complement their hard skills, make them more well-rounded responders and reduce use of force incidents. This course will discuss in detail concepts like Jeopardy, Less Lethal Opportunity, the Safety Priorities, and Space and Time, as well as de-escalation techniques in a way to help officers create a foundation to help them navigate any situation. Regardless of your rank or position, you will come away with a better understanding of these tactical concepts and learn how to make better, repeatable, and defendable decisions in stressful incidents. The ability to make these decisions will not only improve officer's confidence, but also lead to more consistency across employees, reduced liability and improved public perception.
Lt. David Pearson, Fort Collins, Colorado Police Services
Sgt. Paul Wood, Fort Collins, Colorado Police Services