Managing Use of Force & Investigations for Correctional Officers


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The rationale behind creating this 8-hour course was based upon the need for investigators, trainers, and supervisors to be able to better process the events concerning the use of force. With the absence of thorough report writing concerning the use of force has, and continues to cause issues with civil and criminal litigation.

This course will address some of those deficiencies with a better-quality understanding of the niceties needed in a response to resistance reports, along with enhanced courtroom testimony. This course also delves into the reason for training and documentation of response to resistance. The student will have a healthier appreciation of the investigation process from the internal affairs phase concerning the investigation standpoint and progression.   The attendees will review some of the most recent trends related to the use of force, investigation, training and policy development.

Topics Covered:

  • How corrections officers get sued
  • Constitutional Standards
  • Federal Case Law
  • Force Continuum
  • Organizational Policy/Review and Best Practices
  • Liability and Suits
  • Human Performance
  • Use of Cameras – Limits
  • How do you define force within your institution
  • What equipment do you utilize at your institution
  • What is your basic/recruit level training
  • What is your advanced instructor level training

    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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