Use of Force Training

Whilst it is recognized and accepted by law enforcement officers that the need to use force is an integral part of the job, never has exercising use of force been under more scrutiny by society than today. Law enforcement officers’ actions have been circulated around the digital world within seconds of their occurrence providing an often-one-sided, but highly impactive view of the incident. Subsequently, officer accountability has been questioned and on occasion, unfortunately found wanting.

It is therefore essential that law enforcement officers not only exercise the use of force in a necessary, proportionate and justifiable manner, but also have the knowledge to explain those actions in a clear and transparent manner.

This training program has been designed by experts who have served in some of the most divided communities in the world such as Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa. Importantly, they have both the academic and operational experience to make positive changes for officers and the communities they serve. Their work has seen the reduction of fatal encounters and increased officer retention by equipping officers with the skills required to assess threats using observation and communication models, thereby reducing or removing the threat. However, should force be necessary the training equips officers with innovative operational tactics and knowledge to explain their actions in a professional and articulate manner showing a flexible, graduated, proportionate, necessary and justifiable response to the threat faced at the time.


This course aims to assist the learner develop their knowledge, skills and abilities to assist them:

  • Assess a perceived threat and employ a process which will remove or reduce the threat.

  • Understand the effects stress can have on their critical decision making.

  • Use communication models to de-escalate potentially violent situations.

  • Embed in learners the ability to articulate in fine detail thought processes if called on to use force.

Course Content

  1. 1
    • Welcome

    • Navigating this Course

    • Meet the Team

  2. 2
    • Module One

    • Learning Objectives

    • Gathering Information

    • Module One - Test

  3. 3
    • Module Two

    • Learning Objectives

    • Threat Assessment

    • Module Two - Test

  4. 4
    • Module Three

    • Learning Objectives

    • Physiological and Psychological effects of Violent Behaviour

    • Module Three - Assignment

  5. 5
    • Module Four

    • Learning Objectives

    • De-escalation Models and Communication Skills

    • De-Escalation Using the PALMS Method

  6. 6
    • Module Five

    • Learning Objectives

    • Tactical Options

    • Case Study Interview

    • Perceptual Distortion Discussion

  7. 7
    • Module Six

    • Introduction

    • The Decision Making Model

    • Accountability Case Study -Initial Information

    • Task One

    • Accountability Case Study - Part One

    • Task Two

    • Subject Matter Expert Considerations - Task Two

    • Accountability Case Study - Part Two

    • Task Three

    • Subject Matter Expert Considerations - Task Three

    • Accountability Case Study - Part Three

    • Task Four

    • Subject Matter Expert Considerations - Task Four

    • Accountability Case Study - Part Four

    • Task Five

    • Subject Matter Expert Considerations - Task Five

    • Accountability Case Study - Part Five

    • Task Six

    • Subject Matter Expert Considerations - Task Six

  8. 8
    • Conclusion

    • Learning Resources

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