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MO -Use of Force Investigation and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders

St. Louis County & Municipal Police Academy
Use of Force Investigation and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders
Nov. 7  2023  0830 – 1630

Congratulations to the attending students of the Use of Force Investigation and Analysis for Law Enforcement Leaders held at the St. Louis County ad Municipal Polie Academy on Nov. 7th, 2023. A full day of use-of-force analysis, investigative steps, and tracking methods.

This is what the attending student had to say:

Excellent overview on use of force concepts. Material presented in applicable to my current assignment.     Internal Affiars – 18 year  expeereince


Excellent training. Lieutenant Kevin Dillon is a subject matter expert and is one of the best instructors I’ve encountered. He knows the information extremely well and is very relevant for today’s environment.            Sergeant  – 24 Years of Expereince

Representing your conduct is absolutely …..and of course further develop my vocabulary. Highly recommend. So much of this was new to me.

Very good class filled with important information. Dep. Chief 31 years of expereince.

This course provided useful information on how to analyze use of force situations and explains clearly when officers should and should not use force.

Very informative and practical teaching. Will benefit me during use of force investigations. 
Lt. Field Operations 27 years of experience.

It was awesome. Feel as though I learned a lot of things that I can apply to my department. The class also influenced me to want to learn more. Looking forward to more classes and opportunities to learn. Public Safety 6 months.

A lot of information was a refresher course from the lockup course but is good info if you haven’t taken that class first. Acting Sergeant 3 years.

Today every use of force incident is scrutinized frame by frame on a video and judged by untrained individuals creating distrust and false narratives. Use of force analysis, investigation, and training is a complex continually evolving issue. This 1-day training session is designed for Police Leaders who, review, report, instruct, or investigate police use of force incidents. The training will examine the most recent and up-to-date issues that specifically impact Leaders, IA investigators, and Trainers concerning police use of force incidents. This course breaks down multiple issues ranging from daily officer citizen complaints, curriculum design, use of force reporting, tracking and trending, and investigation involving police use of force encounters. Instruction uses lectures, case studies, and demonstrations. “One improper technique changed the county!”

• Legal applications of use of force – What is being reported
• Early intervention tracking for use of force
• Reducing liability in use of force by deploying de-escalation strategies and documentation
• Quantification of force mitigation tactics and de-escalation
• Reducing liability and increasing officer safety by deploying tactical strategies
• Strategies on responding to individuals that are considered special populations
• Identify 5 steps to of reviewing use of force incidents.
• How to avoid an “Eric Garner or George Floyd Incident”
• What steps have you taken to identify foreseeable incidents?
• Define and categorize sixteen definitions pertaining to police use of force
• Discuss human performance factors that occur under stressful encounters
• What to look for when tracking police use of force
• Training curriculum selection and review
• Coordination and strategies dealing with multiple officer engagements
• Training measurements and performance – You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
• Video recording issues regarding viewing and reporting
• Immediate press release strategies ……Plus more


St. Louis County & Municipal Police Academy
1266 Sutter Avenue • Wellston • MO 63133
Contact – Sgt. Chris Thomson
Office (314) 889-8606

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