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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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.

Attendees will be provided with incidents that have occurred across the United States to include 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 14-day prior notice to the event when a student will not be attending the course. The notification to not attend should be made by email through our website, and if they identify no replacement student, cancellations with less than 14-day notice will be subject to a ($40.00) cancellation fee. We will charge no shows without email notification the full course fee, even if the payment has not already been received. We offer one-year future course credit for any no show that is charged a full course fee. This policy is in effect as of May 1, 2020, and you or as a representative of your agency agrees to the above policy by registering for this course. BSTS LLC sends email notifications of course cancellations or venue changes to the registered student email prior to the event, and will not be responsible for travel expenses related to these events. Please contact us by email or phone if you have questions about this policy. This policy is in place because of students that register for courses and take training slots without attending training, which potentially 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, which is figured into our travel cost as well. The lack of communication by officers that don’t attend or register without department approval is the reason this policy exists.


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