Use of Force Investigations
Risk and Liability Management
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Use of Force Investigations: Risk and Liability Management
Class Description

Officers are frequently required to use force during the course of their duties, which is accompanied by a great deal of liability for the agency and employee. While agencies spend a significant amount of time, money, and resources preparing their personnel to use force (defensive tactics training, firearms training, etc.), they do not devote much time to the supervisor's investigation and documentation of the use of force incident. When the complaint or law suit arrives, it is too late to go back and re-investigate the incident to clearly explain what lead up to and through the use of force event.

Ensuring these investigations are conducted thoroughly, are properly documented, and all areas of potential liability are identified and addressed are of the utmost importance for any agency and INDIVIDUAL OFFICER. This course is designed to address many of those concerns.

Topics Covered:

  • Importance of Use of Force documentation
  • Report writing concerns by involved personnel
  • Legal Standing and the “Objectively Reasonable" Standard
  • Identifying risk management issues and how to handle them
  • How to write a thorough and objective force package
  • Suspect and Witness Interviews
  • How to address allegations of force
  • Identifying training issues and how to handle them


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