Policy on Use of Force and Report Writing for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Course Author(s)

Randy Means J.D. - Randy Means & Associates (randymeans.com)

Course Summary

This training is a compilation of TRN's National Use of Force training with 2 additional custom elements included. 

1. The Use of Force policies of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have been custom created and inserted into our national best practices Use of Force course.

2. This training also includes a custom simulation/test of the officer's report writing skills.  In this training the officer will watch a use of force video from a Texas officer's body camera, and after, they will be asked to complete a use of force report. The report will be written as if YOU are the officer wearing the body camera and it is your use of force incident.

  • During the video you need to take notes on information seen or heard in the video. After you have viewed the video you will be prompted to complete the use of force report.
  • Once this report is completed you will save the report to the online training system.
  • This training is designed to have a supervisor evaluate your written report.
  • This is an excellent tool to help new officers with their report writing, and to reUsefresh seasoned officers of the basics of use of force report writing.


Course Syllabus

  • Module 1: Course Introduction

    • Introduction By Lt. Col. Danny Shaw
    • Course Introduction and Overarching Goals
    • General Introduction by Randy Means
    • Overall Goal of This Course by Greg Siedel
    • Overview of the Fours Keys of Use of Force
  • Module 2: Managing Emotions and Interpersonal Communication

    • Introduction by Lt. Kevin Frazier
    • Module Objectives
    • Module Introduction by Randy Means
    • Managing Emotions
    • Steps to Managing Behavior
    • Monitoring Our Thoughts and Self-talk
    • Tactical Interpersonal Communications
    • The Art and Science of Officer-Citizen Contacts - Part 1
    • The Art and Science of Officer-Citizen Contacts - Part 2
    • A Sovereign Citizen Encounter: by Game Warden Shane Bailey
    • Summary
    • Module Assessment
  • Module 3: Assure the Legal Validity of the CORE Transaction

    • Module Objectives
    • Module Introduction by Randy Means
    • The Voluntary Contact
    • Investigative Detention Part 1
    • Investigative Detention Part 2
    • Arrests and Non-consenual Entry Into Private Premises
    • Entry Scenarios
    • Summary
    • Module Assessment
  • Module 4: Maintaining Proportionality

    • Module Objectives
    • Module Introduction by Randy Means
    • Federal Constitutional Standards and the Objective Reasonable Test
    • Use of Deadly Force
    • Managing Proportionality
    • The Complete Officer Model
    • 14 Personal Force Factors
    • Force Factors
    • Common Variables
    • Game Warden Department Issued Intermediate Weapons
    • Game Warden Use of Chemical Spray
    • The Need For a Use of Force Policy
    • Managing Use of Force Escalations and Personal Conditioning
    • Weapon Proficiency and Mindset
    • Summary
    • Module Assessment
  • Module 5: Avoiding Peripheral Poisonings

    • Module Objectives
    • Module Introduction by Randy Means
    • Use of Force Critical Junctures and Examples
    • Role of Force Documentation
    • Truthfulness, Character and Reputation
    • Summary
    • Module Assessment
  • Module 6: Assessment

    • Module Introduction by Randy Means
    • Module Assessment
  • Module 7: Use of Force Reporting Procedures/Process

    • Module Introduction by Captain Brad Chappell
    • Reportable Forms of Force
    • Recommended Mimimum Officer Actions
    • Report Quality and Characteristics
    • Some Key Components of a Report
    • Module Assessment