Use of Force from the Street to the Courtroom

4.89 out of 5
(9 customer reviews)


This course has been designed for the average police officer to have a better understanding of the details needed that are missed in most response to resistance reports. The students will also learn courtroom testimony skills that will make them a better witness in court. The attending officers will have the ability to make decisions about use of force after attending this course, and be able to document those decisions in their reports. This course delves into the process after force has been used on the street and covers aspects of the internal affairs procedure.

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The use of force is and has always been a controversial subject not only for the public but for police officers as well. There are many officers that don’t understand when and where they can use force and be within department guidelines as well as federal and state laws. Unfortunately, officers will use some type of force at some point in their careers, but will then find it difficult to articulate exactly what occurred during the incident. The officer’s agency may be subject to a civil lawsuit, and the officer could be subject to criminal charges.

This course was designed to answer some of those questions that are missing from most force reports. The officers attending this course will have a much fuller understanding of how to explain the conditions surrounding the use of force and will learn valuable courtroom testimony skills that will assist them to be a better witness in court. This is not a lecture-only course, but rather a scenario-based video dialogue course involving the dynamics and clarification of the use of force. There will also be information presented on internal affairs and officer-involved shootings.  This course is a patrol ready course that you can immediately benefit you when thinking about articulating your next use of force encounter. This is not a report writing course where we write any type of use of force reports, but rather an interactive program that affords you a new profound understanding into use of force documentation. We discuss the current problems in law enforcement that lead to hesitation by officers in the field. This course has been taught at conferences and continues to be highly reviewed by the people that attend. This training is recommended not only for patrol officers but supervisors and command staff. We suggest reserving your spot today because this course will fill up fast!

The course covered content:

Reasonable Force vs Excessive Force
Court case review
Details missing in most reports
Types of resistance
Levels of officer control
Responses by officers both mentally and physically
Group discussion and scenario-based class participation
Common terms used in reports
How to document use of force
Suggestions for officer-involved
Hollywood v. Reality
Courtroom testimony

Cancellation Policy

You and your agency agree to the following policy by signing up for training with Blue Shield Tactical Systems LLC. We provide full refunds on all student registrations that cancel or change course locations that are outside 14 days of the course start date, but a 5% processing fee is charged for all student cancellations or course location changes that are within 14 days of the course start date. We do not provide refunds for students that do not show for training, but we will provide a credit for the same course at a future location.

9 reviews for Use of Force from the Street to the Courtroom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paia Toeava


  2. 5 out of 5

    Wayne C. Moss

    Great class

  3. 5 out of 5


    Great training for any level of law enforcement. Gives you a better understanding on justification and use for reacting to resistance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    L. Chronister (verified owner)

    Great class that reviews what officers should already know and continues deeper into the topic on why the officer needs to know that information. A must for all levels of officers from rookies to veterans, line officers to administrators.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Escalante (verified owner)

    Some great learning with applicable examples that will benefit staff of all levels.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Roberts

    Great class and information to remember while working and completing reports

  7. 5 out of 5


    Good course easy to follow

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Medeiros (verified owner)

    Ray is very knowledgeable and conveys his knowledge in a manner that makes the information stick. Highly recommended

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack Reynolds

    Great class for all levels of law enforcement.

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