Use of Force and Legal Aspects, and 4th Amendment TrainingUp 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]
Length: 2 days, 16 training hours
Qualified applicants must be full-time, sworn law enforcement peace officers.
Tuition is free. Students will be responsible for travel, meals and lodging.
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