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Use of Force

Law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold the law and must attempt to apprehend those who violate it. Officers are required, however, to use only that amount of force that is reasonably necessary to make the apprehension. When excessive force is used, the officer, as well as the agency, may be held both criminally and civilly liable. Discussion in this course will focus on case law and legislation which defines the amount of force that is lawfully available to officers in attempted arrest/seizure caseas well as what the courts have defined as excessive force. Use of force and excessive force will also be considered in the context of high-speed pursuit cases. The officer will be shown methods for improving his or her performance in the courtroom. Case scenarios involving the use of force, deadly force, and  high-speed pursuits will be used for class discussion. This course is designed for all certified law enforcement officers.

• This class is 6 hours.
• Class hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• This class earns credits in our Degree Program.


October 6, 2017
Benton Police Department
Benton, AR