21st Century Use of Force Investigations


The training content will focus on managing confrontations, interpretations of video-evidence events, and the writing and investigation of the use of force incidents.

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21st Century Use of Force Investigations Course

After a re-examination of the Constitutional standards, state standards, and civil rights laws, the training, lecture, and content will focus on managing confrontations, interpretations of video-based evidence events, and the writing and investigation of the use of force incidents. This use of force investigations course was designed for law enforcement investigators to be able to have the necessary tools to investigate the use of force incidents.

Attendees will be provided with incidents that have occurred across the United States including the most recently settled case, filed cases, media cases, and seminal cases.

  • Armstrong v. Pinehurst
  • Kingsley Decision – (4th Amendment Standards in Jails)
  • ADA case out of California
  • DOJ Consent Decrees
  • Yanez Case Review
  • Noor Case Review and Implications

Attendees will be provided with examples on how to communicate with supervisors, and managers on how to handle the use of force incidents to ensure that the incident is completely investigated, document, and reviewed to protect those involved as well as the agency.

  • Officers use of force reports
  • Supervisors review of use of force
  • Investigative reports for discipline
  • Press releases and communicating with the media

Attendees will also be provided with examples of how to modify policies, and training to ensure that they can mitigate any potential civil litigation.

  • Best practices on training policies
  • Best practices in training
  • Civil litigation and mitigation
  • Use of force policies

Through lecture, video instruction, and exercises, attendees will learn the importance of drafting use of force reports under the proper constitutional and case law standards.  Attendees will review videos of use of force incidents and prepare reports interpreting the events.


Cancellation Policy

The course cancellation policy requires a minimum of a 15-day prior notice from the course start date when a student will not be attending the course. The notification to not attend will be made by email through our website, and if they identify no replacement student, cancellations with less than a 15-day notice will cause a department credit that can be used towards another future training event within one year from the original course date. We will charge no-shows without email notification the full course fee, even if the payment has not already been made. We offer a one-year future course credit as well for any no show that is charged a full course fee. This policy is in effect as of June 23, 2021, and you as a representative of your agency agree to abide by this policy by registering for any course. Please contact us by email or phone if you have questions about this cancellation policy. This policy is in place because of students that register for courses and take training slots without attending training, which removes the opportunity for another officer to attend. We pay the instructors teaching these programs based on the number of officers scheduled to attend the event, and we base our travel cost including instructor pay on registration fees. This policy is considered a binding contract between BSTS LLC and the student or student agency or company.


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