This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6103
This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Basics On Use of Force A. Case Scenario: Inmate Rollins B. Situations When Can Force Be Used C. Reasonably Necessary Standard D. Force Continuums E. Use of Force Policies F. Case Scenario Review G. Summary Section 3: The Courts on Use of Force A. Use of Force and Liability B. What Are the Key Questions? C. Case in Point: Hickey V. Reeder D. Excessive Use of Force E. Situations When Deadly Force Can Be Used F. Using Deadly Force to Prevent Escape G. Split-Second Decisions H. Evaluating Use of Force Cases to Determine Level of Injury I. Force and Punishment and Evolving Norms of Decency J. Mechanical Restraints K. Tasers L. Chemical Agents M. Weapons N. The Last Resort O. Key Take-Aways on Use of Force Decisions P. Case Scenario Review Q. Summary Section 4: Documenting Use of Force A. Documentation in Use of Force Cases B. Incident Reports: Types of Information to Include C. Cautionary Tips in Documentation D. Photographs and Digital Evidence E. Review F. Summary Section 5: Conclusion G. Summary H. Course Contributors I. Resources J. References K. Congratulations! L. Exam M. BrainSparks
Linda L. Bryant, J.D. is veteran public safety official and legal expert. She served as the Deputy Attorney General for Virginia for Criminal Justice and Public Safety where she supervised a team of over 80 attorneys who represented the state's public safety agencies in state and federal courts. She and her team provided legal advice on public safety matters and policy development to the Governor of Virginia, the Secretary of Public Safety, all public safety agencies and the state legislature. Her duties also included providing legal advice to and overseeing all litigation against the state Department of Corrections. She also served for nearly 18 years as a state prosecutor, where she prosecuted thousands of cases focusing her efforts on violent crime, serving as lead trial attorney on over 40 murder cases. During that time she also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary law school. She also served on the Working Group that developed the "21st Century Principles of Prosecution, Peace Officer Use of Force Project" for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Ms. Bryant is currently the Assistant Superintendent and Compliance Attorney at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, a jail with an average daily population of approximately 1100 inmates. The jail houses special needs inmates to include those with serious medical and mental health concerns. Disclosure: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., Sworn Jail Officer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.
Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.