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The Use of Force topic provides news, information and training on one of the most commonly discussed areas in police training programs. Learn how to educate your community about use of force, the risks unarmed individuals pose and more.

A guide to proven control tactics, less lawsuits and building community trust through martial arts
Force-on-force training is valuable when realistic but can be fraught with danger if not done with a laser focus on safety
Exploring the ever-growing array of options and implements that promise to restore order to out-of-control situations
The jury found Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey
Use the tactical decision making equation to explain the process of how you arrived at your decision
Imagine how policing could improve if instead of just investigating incidents to find blame, we also investigated incidents to learn how to avoid them happening in the first place
Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden said former deputy Eddie Duran’s life was not in danger at any point during the interaction and that he should not have fired his weapon
Advanced body-worn camera technology plays a crucial role in enhancing officer safety and strengthening the bond between the police and the community
The move follows a UCLA police response to a fight that broke out between pro-palestine protesters and counterdemonstrators
A recent event where officers confronted a suicidal man armed with a sword provides a stark reminder of the dangers and complexities in law enforcement
Former San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy Aaron Russell, who already pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the 2020 fatal shooting, now faces civil rights infringement charges
“I take my hat off to the Police Department, how they handled an unruly group of people,” Mayor Eric Adams stated
Myles Cosgrove was dismissed for violating the Louisville PD’s use off force protocols and for not wearing a body camera
The Atlanta Police Department changed its policy in the wake of the incident, instructing officers not to arrest drivers for refusing to sign traffic citations
We take a closer look at the research behind the potential utility of Jiu-Jitsu as a policing tool
The charges were filed in relation to a 2021 incident where a man died after being restrained by Alameda Police officers; the previous DA stated that her office’s investigation found the evidence did “not justify criminal charges”
Family members filed a lawsuit after a man was killed when paramedics placed a backboard on his back and directed a police officer to sit on it
The appellate court began by citing other cases in which the court “held that it’s reasonable for officers to tase fleeing suspects”
Firing your weapon to stop an imminent deadly threat may be the most difficult decision you ever have to make
Court ruled that a jury may find that participating officers used unconstitutional excessive force during the execution of the warrant
The Cheyenne Police Department said the man’s aggressive actions, including using a TASER on an officer, prompted the use of baton strikes to prevent him from accessing a knife
Christopher Burbank worked as a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office deputy for two days before he resigned due to the “negative community response and death threats”
The suspect was taken to a hospital to receive medical care after being involved in a traffic crash; he began to act erratically and resist officers as they escorted him inside the hospital
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony fired and criminally charged two deputies after they were cleared of wrongdoing by the department’s Professional Standards Committee, allegedly calling them “bad cops” in a campaign ad
Jamie Borden shares critical insights on preparing for a post-incident interview, highlighting the nuances between an officer’s perceived truth and the established facts
Jamie Borden discusses the nuances and complexities officers face when engaging with an unarmed but potentially assaultive individual
Jamie Borden on the importance of officers being alert, prepared and constantly running through “what if” scenarios
Jamie Borden discusses how de-escalation is not just a tactic but a goal, achieved through a range of tactical endeavors based on the dynamic circumstances officers face
Jamie Borden urges officers to seek continuous training in self-defense and defensive tactics to ensure their safety and effectiveness