This Use of Force course provides the officer with a critical and sound roadmap to the preparation needed to navigate the complex interplay of law, human nature, physical ability, and specific weapon proficiencies.

The training highlights Four Keys to Winning with the Use of Force, which provide a framework for this course.

The first key, Managing Emotion and Interpersonal Communication, instructs officers on topics such as self-awareness and self-monitoring and deconstructs the art of communication.

Next is the second key, Assuring the Legal Validity of the Core Transaction. Three types of citizen contacts are discussed: Voluntary Contact,
Investigative Detention, and Arrest.

The third key, Maintain Proportionality and Manage
Force Escalation(s) offers a discussion on standards and policies, additionally instructing the officer on essential officer characteristics and the 14 Personal Force Factors, or Situational Dynamics.

Finally, is the fourth key, Avoiding Peripheral Poisonings. This section emphasizes understanding how officer behavior may influence others’
perception of the situation, and illustration is provided through a reenacted case study.

Each online course is developed from an 8-hour classroom-based curriculum. The average length of our online courses is 90 to 120 minutes.


  • Module 1: Course Introduction

    • 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

    • 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
    • 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-consensual 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
    • 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
  • Assessment

    • Module Introduction by Randy Means
    • Module Assessment