Scenario Based Use of Force Decision Making for Law Enforcement

This course outlines the correct actions that should be taken by a law enforcement officer if a situation should arise that requires the use of force. Using the VirTra Simulator, officers will have the ability to experience scenario based training in escalating situations.


Focus directly on the prevailing Fourth Amendment legal standard of the "objective reasonableness", and the parameters of force. Using the "objectively reasonable standard" in the "Use of Force" situations, will teach officers to properly respond to suspects' behavior, and provide guidance to officers regarding appropriate levels of force to use in the circumstance an officer is facing. To help officers recognize and identify the capability and intent of an individual in order to limit the escalation of force, prevent injuries to officers and civilians, minimize criminal and civil liability due to excessive force claims and assist officers in articulating their reasonable response to an incident.

This course is for police cadets or active local, state and federal law enforcement officers. Students should have prior knowledge in the constitutional limitations on the use of deadly force, (see Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985)).

Thursday, December 13

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Homeland Security Training Center (HTC)

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Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn IL 60137

(630) 942-2183

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