The Force Science Institute will hold its first Association of Force Science Conference October 24th – 25th at our Chicago Training Center. The conference will provide continuing education and networking opportunities for Force Science graduates and those interested in learning more about behavioral science and human performance in law enforcement. The latest Force Science findings will be revealed. Attendees will hear how experienced law enforcement practitioners and researchers are applying Force Science to investigations, court proceedings, practice, and training. Conference registration includes Association membership. Pre- and post-conference training will be offered October 23rd and 26th.
Body Cameras & Other Recordings in Law Enforcement The training will discuss the strengths & limitations of body cameras & other recording devices that need to be understood & considered during investigations. You will understand the difference between human memory vs. electronic recording and the implications of that reality during... Read More
Sgt. (Ret.) Jamie Borden developed a Force Investigations Unit based in human performance and the scientific principles that define human factors for police officers in a crisis situation and working under the extreme compression of time. The Use of Force Training and Analysis position at Henderson PD in Nevada was... Read More
Science is under fire in the courtroom. This seminar will focus on the evaluation of the admissibility of science as it applies to Law Enforcement including utilization of experts and the admissibility of the video. We will discuss how litigation teams can use your Force Science training and video in... Read More
While understanding the impact of stress on human performance factors is critical in conducting proper investigations, this aspect is only part of the value. Training officers on the realities of human performance factors can help them make proper tactical decisions before the use of force becomes necessary. All too often,... Read More
This presentation is on how psychological and physical fidelity play into the effectiveness of all types of simulated event training. Simulated Event Training includes various law enforcement training methodology such as “Force on Force” as well as “Digital Video Simulation”. Attendees will learn about key training components that can be... Read More
“Why didn’t the officer use de-escalation? Why didn’t the officer try harder to de-escalate the situation?” These are frequent questions voiced by well-meaning citizens. Attorney & Advanced Force Science® Specialist Von Kliem will discuss legal and behavioral concepts that bridge de-escalation, persuasion, and the use-of-force. When are officers justified in... Read More
Nationwide, use of force incidents are dramatically displayed on television and social media. Often times these videos cause public outrage, driving a wedge between law enforcement and the public. Based on these brief videos, the public expects to see de-escalation in every use of force incident. The overwhelming access to... Read More
Properly preparing your officers and experts is a key part of maximizing your chances for success at trial. Knowing how to prepare, what to look for and the best ways to address problematic issues is often a challenge, but there are things you can do to put yourself in the... Read More
The Force Science Institute is actively engaged in innovative and collaborative research with law enforcement agencies, academies, and academic institutions across the United States and Canada. This presentation will spotlight some of the new and emerging Force Science research on the human factors related to use-of-force encounters and their implications... Read More
This presentation will involve examination of biomechanics, action/reaction, speed of assault and decision error. Insp. (Ret.) Butler will rapidly explore several cases focusing on the relevant FSI aspects and how they were applied to each case both in formal use-of-force analysis and court proceedings. Incident video and photographs will be... Read More
This presentation will discuss the findings and implications of two experiments conducted by Mr. Taylor in the course of his doctoral research studies. The first, Dispatch Priming and the Police Decision to Use Deadly Force, examines the effects of dispatched information on the “shoot/no-shoot” decision making of experienced officers. The... Read More
When an officer fires upon an approaching motor vehicle, many are unaware of vehicle dynamics and capacities that may cause an officer to perceive a deadly threat even when not standing or moving directly in front of an oncoming vehicle. This presentation will explore the issues of vehicle turning capacities,... Read More
Dr. William Lewinski, will provide a synthesis of all conference presentations, review the impact of the Institute over the past year, and share the vision and mission of the Institute moving forward. Then, Dr. Lewinski will emphasize six psychological factors to consider before conducting a post-incident interview. Ongoing debate about... Read More
Principles of Training, Performance, and Learning This training will begin by dispelling common myths of learning, such as practice makes perfect or that perfect practice leads to perfect performance in the field. You will learn how to assess and track objective changes in performance. You will learn how to train... Read More
The Force Science Institute is dedicated to promoting the value of knowledge through empirical research in behavioral science and human dynamics. We develop and disseminate high quality scientifically grounded education, training, and consultation to support fact-based investigations, inform decision processes, enhance public safety, and improve peace officer performance in critical situations.