Force Reporting and Effective Review


    As an officer, your report is the first and most important opportunity you must record events as you experienced them and explain why you took the actions you did. When you’ve used force on a subject, the information in your report becomes crucial to ensuring your success in court. Equally important is properly reviewing that use of force report by key stakeholders within the agency. properly reviewing a Use of Force report will provide transparency, accountability, and that legal, policy, and training compliance is met. 

     This course is designed to provide the Law Enforcement/Correction Officers relevant/current information on what influences Use of Force reporting and the detrimental consequences of inadequate reports. 

     The Police Trainer, Supervisory Officer, and Command Officer is the first line of ensuring reports are complete, accurate, well-articulated, and legally defensible.  This important oversite and task can be an early warning system to the struggling officer or the problem officer.  Use of force review can be the difference between a successful career or the nexus to civil and/or criminal charges against the officer, agency, and/or municipality they serve.

Who should attend: Law Enforcement Officers, Corrections Officers, Field Training Officers, Use of Force Instructors, Supervisors, and Command Officers.

What you can expect during this class:

  • A variety of real-life case studies will be used to illustrate some common mistakes when officially documenting the reporting of force. 
  • The course will explore the science behind an officer’s memory, senses and how different stress levels affect what each of us observe. 
  • The course will teach the officer how to word a fact-based report and not a conclusion or summary-based use of force report. 
  • An overview of case law that directly affects the use of force reporting will be reviewed and discussed to educate the officer on how their report will be looked at and scrutinized in a court of law (criminal and civil).


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