Use of Force and Deadly Force 1.0

Use of Force and Deadly Force 1.0 

Use of Force is one of the most critical issues facing law enforcement professionals today. Too frequently officers are injured or killed while responding to calls. Others are killed or injured while hesitating to act decisively in the face of perceived danger. All too often, this life threatening hesitation is caused by officers having to stop and think of the fundamentals of force, their options, and the consequences of their action. This course reviews the critical fundamentals of Use of Force, and what officers need to know and act on when applying various force options. The overall goal of this course is to save lives.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Use of Force and Deadly Force 1.0, 10397-0192 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-UDF
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Explain the difference between use of force and use of control.
Explain the difference between reasonable suspicion and probable cause.
Describe what constitutes deadly force and non-deadly force, as well as the difference between the two.
Describe the relationship between subject resistance and officer force/control.
Identify the major United States Supreme Court cases that govern use of force and control by law enforcement officers, and describe their key points.

Section 1: Introduction a. About This Course b. Learning Objectives Section 2: Use of Force and the Constitution a. Our Guiding Light b. Guiding Light for Prosecutors c. An Interesting Fact d. Use of Force & the Constitution Section 3: Defining Force and Related Issues a. Relationship to the Public b. An Interesting Fact c. What is Force and Deadly Force? d. Seizure Defined e. When Does a Seizure Occur? f. An Interesting Fact g. Defining Force & Related Issues Section 4: Tennessee vs. Garner Standard a. Tennessee vs. Garner Standard b. An Interesting Fact Section 5: Graham vs. Connor Standard a. Graham vs. Connor Standard b. An Interesting Fact c. Elements of Graham vs. Connor Section 6: Tactical Considerations of Garner vs. Graham a. Use of Force Compendium b. An Interesting Fact c. Deadly Force Don’t d. Deadly Force Do e. Use of Force Compendium f. Tactical Considerations of Garner & Graham Section 7: Conclusion a. Closing Thoughts b. An Interesting Fact c. References d. Congratulations

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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