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Force Science Institute

Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

The Force Science Institute (FSI) is comprised of a team of physicians, lawyers, psychologists, scientists, police trainers and law enforcement subject matter experts dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and training in criminal justice matters.

FSI conducts sophisticated scientific research studies into human behavior documenting the physical and mental dynamics associated with the societal demands of the peace-keeping function, including high-pressure situations and use-of-force incidents. Its findings apply to citizen-involved uses of force, as well as impacting investigations of officer-involved force applications. FSI research when applied to training enhances officer performance and public safety.

The association’s position is that officers should be permitted to review BWC recordings before they are required to give a statement or write a report
Recent findings provide empirical evidence that motor movements, like the firearm draw performance, can be initiated before the startle response is completed
Whether aimed or not, it is clear that firearm assaults can be much faster than the time needed for an effective response
To better inform policies regarding the training and use of VNRs by law enforcement, emergency medicine doctors published their latest research
While consistent training can significantly improve outcomes, a flawless performance is improbable given the limits of human performance under stress
Attentional control can positively influence police officers’ emotional regulation and improve tactical decision-making
Little empirical evidence guides us on how much time is necessary to create an adequate reactionary gap
To reach the high standards that agencies and communities expect of their officers, it may be time to rethink traditional training methods
How to mitigate the legitimate risks of viewing video evidence, including the risk of corrupting an officer’s memory
When officers repeatedly practice drawing their gun without moving their head or feet, what are they likely to do when an offender suddenly produces a weapon at close range?