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On-demand webinar: Using human performance science to inform police training and improve officer decision-making

A deeper dive into how police trainers can integrate human factor science into police training

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This online learning event looks at how police trainers can integrate human factor science into police training to improve the decision-making of police officers under stress.

In this groundbreaking online learning event, sponsored by VirTra, we delve deeper into the practical application of human performance science in police training. Our esteemed panel of experts will guide you through the following:

  • Understanding human performance science: Get to grips with how this pivotal science underpins decision-making during stressful situations.
  • Designing effective police training: Learn how to develop a training curriculum that equips officers to handle high-stress/low-frequency events effectively.
  • Optimizing human performance: Discover techniques officers can adopt to maximize their performance in critical situations.
  • How human performance science is reviewed during expert testimony in court: Discussion of how case decisions are made in this area.

Download speaker biographies and additional reference/resource materials here.

Download a glossary of terms discussed during the webinar here.


“It was replete with insightful information disseminated by people with differing background experiences and thought intellectually refreshing processes.”

“A great mix of field expertise. Dialogue was well done and very thought provoking.”

“The topic was great. It was a pointed discussion of training, and very useful for future training purposes.”

“The discussion about changing training practices to ensure better field outcomes and not just checking the boxes for the agency.”



L to R - Lewis Von Kliem (Moderator), Simon Baldwin, Lon Bartel, John Bostain, Chad Lyman

Moderator Bio:

With over 30 years in the criminal justice profession, Lewis “Von” Kliem, MCJ, JD, LLM, worked as a civilian police officer, attorney, educator and author. He was a senior policy attorney for Lexipol and is currently the Director of Consulting and Executive Editor at Force Science. As a litigation consultant, Von is involved in some of the most high-profile use-of-force cases in the U.S. and internationally. His team evaluates police practices, policy, law and human factors in police decision-making and performance. As a nationally recognized use-of-force expert, Von has presented training for the FBI LEEDS program, the U.S. Marshals, the American Counsel of Second Amendment Lawyers, the Use of Force Summit, the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, and countless local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, police executives and attorneys.

Panelist bios:

Simon Baldwin is the manager of the research unit of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in North America and has worked in the area of use of force for the last 15 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Carleton University’s Police Research Lab. His master’s research examined excited delirium syndrome and the prevention of sudden arrest-related deaths. His doctoral work focused on the impact of stress and training on performance during use-of-force encounters. Simon is a Force Science Institute’s Advanced Specialist course graduate and a published author. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on police use of force reporting and improving oversight, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making. He was also awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police 40 Under 40 award for exemplifying leadership, dedication and service to the law enforcement profession.

Lon Bartel is a use-of-force expert for VirTra, Inc, and works closely with law enforcement agencies on use-of-force scenario training. He is a retired peace officer and has been a certified law enforcement trainer for over 17 years. AZPOST recognizes him as an expert in the areas of defensive tactics and firearms. He served as his Department’s Rangemaster from 2005-2017. Lon co-founded the Arizona Tactical Officers Association and served as secretary for five years. As a SWAT member, he was a senior operator and was instrumental in creating the explosive breaching program for his department in 2008 where he served as the lead tactical breacher. Lon was also an adjunct instructor for the largest manufacturer of force on force technology and training munitions for six years. This experience has allowed him to witness thousands of simulated forces on force incidents, providing invaluable insight into human performance under stress.

John Bostain is the President of Command Presence, LLC. John has committed the last 23 years to law enforcement, 20 of which have been as a law enforcement trainer. He has presented nationally and internationally on contemporary law enforcement topics such as dynamics of officer/citizen encounters, use of force, human performance factors, and instructor development. He’s certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science Institute (FSI). John began his career with the Hampton Police Division (HPD) in Hampton, Virginia where he served as a Uniformed Patrol Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Academy Instructor, Detective, and Patrol Supervisor. After leaving HPD in 2001, John spent 13 years at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia serving as an Instructor and Senior Instructor for Defensive Tactics, Patrol Procedures, and Use of Force. He also held a position as a Program Specialist in the Rural Policing Institute, Training Transformation Office, and Training Management.

Chad Lyman has combined his years of operational law enforcement and Mixed Martial Arts experience to emerge as one of the nation’s leading defensive tactics trainers. He is the consummate professional, trainer, and street cop whose dedication to students and the advancement of officer safety through modern tactics is unparalleled. His intensive study and experience led to development of the comprehensive intermediate use-of-force training system; Code 4 Concepts. Chad entered into law enforcement as a full-time police officer with the Portland Police Bureau in the late 1990’s. There he distinguished himself as a key trainer of police personnel in the areas of defensive tactics and subject control. He later moved to Southern Nevada to serve with a major metropolitan police department in 2004. His responsibilities have included patrol, Field Training Officer, gang detective, Mobile Crimes Saturation Team (anti-terrorism), full-time SWAT operator, and in the training division as part of the Advanced Officer Skills Training (AOST) team. Chad currently is assigned to the LVPPA (Union) as a SME in defensive tactics, use of force, and tactics. He also holds multiple law enforcement user and instructor certifications including FTO, firearms, active shooter, riot/civil unrest, response to ambushes, instructor development, patrol procedures, vehicle extraction, room clearing, and advanced defensive tactics instructor.