Use of Force & Human Factors for Supervisors and Command

John Bennett


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Situations of high stress in which the ‘fight-or-flight response’ is initiated can impact an officer’s perceptions, misperceptions and decision-making abilities. Using research-based, scientifically validated information coupled with case studies of contemporary real-world threats, critical incidents and experiences, we explore the specific effects of the body’s fight-or-flight response, the effects of that response on our ability to perform and how the limitations of human observation and perception can negatively impact our readiness.

Topics covered include:

  • Law enforcement performance expectations- fact v. fiction
  • Development of a personal culture of officer safety and maximizing learning potential
  • Threat assessment; contemporary dangers to LEOs
  • Stress physiology
  • The brain and its role in survival performance
  • The autonomic nervous system; its branches and functions
  • Recall and memory considerations in critical incidents
  • Observation and perception and human limitations; improving awareness
  • Reaction time; action v. reaction
  • How to prime the central nervous system for performance
  • Mindset and prevailing in survival-stress situations

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