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Use of Force and Documentation - Training Opportunity
Updated On: May 24, 2018

Outstanding training opportunity. Documenting the use of force is difficult because these rapidly evolving events are physically and emotionally stressful. Reporting critical details accurately requires effective recall, note-taking, organization, and writing skills.

Reports must provide details that are clear, concise, accurate, and easy to understand. Reports that lack needed details are more likely to be taken out of context, attract unnecessary scrutiny, and generate litigation.

The use of force is not an exact science. U.S. Supreme and Circuit Court opinions view force as (1) a seizure under the 4th Amendment; and (2) a subjective decision made by officers on the scene using it. The following concepts are unique and provided to assist users with reporting efforts. The use of force is a rapidly evolving circumstance with no two events identical. When force is used by offenders (resist) and officers (control), it involves the following three concepts:

• Target

• Tool

• Time

DATES: 6/11/2018 through 6/13/2018


LOCATION: Colorado Fraternal Order of Police Headquarters - 8400 N. Alcott St, Westminster, CO 80031


Jon Blum brings a unique blend of law enforcement and technical writing experience into the classroom. He began his law enforcement career with the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Police Department. His previous assignments include uniform patrol, FTO, Drug Interdiction, and SWAT. Jon was the POST Training Director for the NC Department of Justice and PIO for the Garner, North Carolina Police Department. He earned his MPA and BS in Criminal Justice form the University of North Carolina. Jon also holds TASER, OC, ASP, and impact weapon instructor certifications. He is a qualified use of force expert in both state and federal courts.

Seminar Agenda Use of Force and Documentation June 11, 12 & 13, 2018 • Westminster, Colorado

Monday, June 11, 2018

• 8:00 AM—8:30 AM Registration

• 8:30 AM—9:30 AM Writing Assessment

• 9:30 AM—10:30 AM Case Law

• 10:30 AM—12:00 PM Force Terms, Tools & Concepts

• 12:00 PM—1:00 PM Lunch (On Your Own)

• 1:00 PM—2:00 PM 10 Steps to “Getting It Write”

• 2:00 PM—3:00 PM Technical Writing 101: Strategies

• 3:00 PM—4:00 PM Notes: Contents & Analysis

• 4:00 PM—5:00 PM Notes: Format & Organization

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

• 8:00 AM—9:00 AM People, Objects & Places

• 9:00 AM—10:00 AM Offender Conditions & Objects

• 10:00 AM—11:00 AM Offender KSEs & Activities

• 11:00 AM—12:00 PM Offender Drugs/Alcohol & Body Language Cues

• 12:00 PM—1:00 PM Lunch (On Your Own)

• 1:00 PM—2:00 PM Offender Communication & Force

• 2:00 PM—3:00 PM Officer Conditions & Objects

• 3:00 PM—4:00 PM Officer KSEs

• 4:00 PM—5:00 PM Officer Activities

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

• 8:00 AM—9:00 AM Officer Communication

• 9:00 AM—10:00 AM Officer Force

• 10:00 AM—12:00 PM Writing Assessment

• 12:00 PM Certificate Presentation



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