Police Officer Use of Force Training
Police officers live with the reality that at any time they may be called on to make a split second decision to use deadly force. That split second decision may come once in a police officer's career, or never at all. But when the officer comes face to face with that decision, it is the most important moment of his life. It is crucial that today's police officer be prepared to make the right decision about the use of force, especially deadly force. Being fullly prepared on the legal law enforcement authorities which apply to the use of deadly force and what to expect in the investigation and litigation which follow is absolutely essential, yet this area of police training is often neglected.
Force Analysis is a police training organization which instructs officers in the legal law enforcement authorities which guide their use of force in any setting--on patrol, during an arrest, and in the detention setting. Using actual videos and cases, the officer learns to apply these legal parameters through the case analysis approach. The school is highly interactive, providing an extensive opportunity for feedback and discussion. Each Force Analysis school also addresses the most up-to-date research and investigative concepts used by the experts to analyze and evaluate the police officer's use of force. The officer will be challenged to apply these concepts to actual situations. Unique to Force Analysis instruction is its emphasis on post force issues, including the criminal, administrative and civil litigation which follow the use of force. The police officer will learn not only to apply the appropriate statutory authority, but to clearly express that authority in report writing and deposition and courtroom testimony. Supervisors, homicide investigators, internal affairs investigators and members of the command staff benefit tremendously from this training as they learn more effective ways to analyze and evaluate the officer's use of force.
The Use of Force Concepts schools are instructed by Albert Rodriguez, former Commander of the Texas Department of Public Safety Training Academy, and Mary Baker, a law enforcement defense attorney. Albert Rodriguez has instructed literally thousands of police officers during his thirty-three year law enforcement career, both throughout the State of Texas, nationally, and internationally. Mary Baker, an adjunct instructor at the Harris County Sheriff's Academy and an experienced litigator, has handled more than one hundred ten civil rights cases, half of which involved the use of force. Both instructors are known for their commitment to providing the finest training possible to the officer who may be called on to use deadly force, and for their dynamic and engaging instruction.