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Use of Force and Legal Aspects, and 4th Amendment Training

Up one level The Use of Force and Legal Aspects portion of this course will provide the law enforcement officer with an understanding of the legal and practical parameters for using force. [8 hours]  

 

The course discusses basic concepts in use of force such as:

  • the constitutional standard in the use of force;
  • factors that may cause unnecessary hesitation when an officer uses force;
  • methods of overcoming unnecessary hesitation in use of force applications;
  • fundamentals of documenting a use of force incident;
  • articulation of human performance factors that impact use of force responses;
  • critical elements of post-incident procedures;
  • legal standards outlined in Graham v. Connor for the use of force during the seizure of an individual;
  • when deadly force is objectively reasonable;
  • legal issues associated with the use of intermediate weapons such as striking instruments and chemical sprays;
  • Elements of “qualified immunity” and when a law enforcement officer sued for excessive use of force is entitled to it.

The 4th Amendment portion of this course examines the principles of search and seizure as prescribed by the Fourth Amendment.  The exclusionary rule, probably cause, particularity and other constitutional safeguards are identified and explained.  Emphasis is placed on the proper preparation and execution of search warrants, as well as legal exceptions to the warrant requirements. [8 hours]

Type: Advanced

Length: 2 days, 16 training hours

Eligibility

Qualified applicants must be full-time, sworn law enforcement peace officers.

Cost

Tuition is free. Students will be responsible for travel, meals and lodging.

Registration Information

The best way to register is via the on-line registration system. This system allows you to register at your convenience, change your courses, cancel out of a program, and receive electronic feedback on the status of your request.

  • Create an Account  — This link will allow you to apply for all training programs. It also lets you track your training once you have applied. After signing up for the account, you will receive a user name and password by email. Then, you will be ready to sign in and request a seat in training programs.
  • Training Account Login — Use this link if you already have a FLETC training account and password.

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, contact us at:  stateandlocaltraining@dhs.gov or call 1-800-743-5382 and reference this program.

Training Dates

Gulfport, MS -- May 06, 2014 to May 07, 2014
Hattiesburg, MS -- May 13, 2014 to May 14, 2014
Hillsboro, OR -- May 20, 2014 to May 21, 2014
Whitefish, MT -- Aug 05, 2014 to Aug 06, 2014
Alexandria, LA -- Aug 19, 2014 to Aug 20, 2014