Use of Force

Constitutional Use of Force

Legal to Reasonable Force Issues

08:00 am – 05:00 pm


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Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT

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  •  April 10, 2017
     8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah, 84119, United States


“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

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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