Use of Force

Constitutional Use of Force

Legal to Reasonable Force Issues

08:00 am – 05:00 pm


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1000 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA

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  •  April 19, 2017
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm


NEWPORT BEACH CENTRAL LIBRARY - FRIENDS ROOM, 1000 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, California, 92660, United States

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Course Description

This dynamic, one day program is a reality-based course that separates fact from fiction about Case Law and The Use of Force and Human Performance Under Stress. Focusing on Supreme Court decisions and applicable state statutes this course strives to help limit your exposure to excessive and unnecessary uses of force and as a result, avoid litigation. From practical application on the street for line officers through force investigations, students will develop working knowledge of the constitutional parameters for using force. In addition, scientific factors affecting human performance during dynamic and evolving force events will be examined as well as the impact of video on investigations and public perception.

Discover the Science of Police and Human Performance under Stress. Using real incidents, you’ll learn the mind and body’s limitations and normal response when using force. This course is constantly evolving and delivers video recorded current incidents, case studies, and small group discussion:

Constitutional and Relevant Laws:

  • Reality v. Myths
  • Graham v. Connor
  • Case studies

Human Performance Factors:

  • What does the research tell us?
  • Physiologic Responses to Stress
  • Perceptual Distortions

Use of Video Recording:

  • Public Perception and Video Analysis
  • Limitations
  • Excessive Force and Deadly Force:
  • Cost to Agency
  • Constitutional Limitations
  • Investigative Process

Use of Force with Disabled Persons:

  • Resistance v. Combativeness
  • Recognizing a Person in Crisis
  • Excited Delirium

Report Writing:

  • Key Elements to Creating a Sound Report
  • How Your Report will be Used

Electronic Control Weapons:

  • Drive Stun v. Dart Mode
  • Taser, Baton, OC, etc.
  • Deposition Tactics

This class is a crash course in contemporary leadership skills and traits. It’s essential to those interested in learning… and great to those currently leading.
Officer Rivera, Salinas PD, CA


“The course was well presented. All of us in law-enforcement strive to do the right thing, to reflect well on our department and to continue gaining community trust and support. Instructor Jim Schlicher and Calibre Press are helping to achieve exactly that, one class at a time. I will continue to encourage everyone I know to attend Calibre Press training. Thank you.”          Officer Jones – Gardena Police Department

“Excellent Course. Excellent Instructor…these real experiences, choices and options can all be applied. Going over current case law is good and obviously necessary.  Great Training aides, examples and discussions, thank you!       Park County Sheriff’s Office – Cody, WY