Scenario Based Use of Force Decision Making for Law Enforcement

This course has been certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for the following mandates: Use of Force, Procedural Justice, Constitutional and Law Enforcement Authority, Civil Rights, Law Update. It 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, students will have the ability to experience scenario based training in escalating situations.

This is a hybrid course - lecture will be online and the simulator training will be on campus. 


This class will focus directly on the prevailing Fourth Amendment legal standard of "objective reasonableness", and the parameters of force.

Using the "objectively reasonable standard" in "Use of Force" situations, this class will teach students to properly respond to a suspects' behavior, and provide guidance regarding the appropriate levels of legally justified force.

This class is designed to help students recognize and identify the capability and intent of an individual in order to better de-escalate situations, 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 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)).

Date and Time

Thursday, June 3, 2021
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $199
Hybrid - lecture online and simulator at Homeland Security Training Center (HTC)

Future 2021 dates:
July 20
Sept. 1
Oct. 1
Nov. 1
Dec. 2

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