Use-of-Force Constitutional Standards versus Force Continuum

Use-of-Force Constitutional Standards versus Force Continuum
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-07-31
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Use-of-Force Constitutional Standards versus Force Continuum
Unit 2 Recording: Use-of-Force Constitutional Standards versus Force Continuum

Force options are different than force standards, but both are important. Correctional officers must be trained about Force Standards (Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments) so they know how their force will be evaluated in civil trials. Force options play a critical role in what force strategies are selected and used in each situation. John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D. will explain the impact of the Unites States Supreme Court holding in Kingsley v. Hendrickson. Dr. Peters was the expert witness for the correctional deputies in the original trial and the second trial after the case was remanded by the Supreme Court.




The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.



Audience Comments:

  • “The clarification on Force Standards, the difference between Force Options and the need to move away from Force Continuums were 3 great takeaways.” — Alane
  • “Much needed and refreshing review of understanding of the Use of Force principles along with the supporting explanations, applications, clarification, interpretation of the varied standards relative to the Use of Force principles.” — Al
  • “Constitutional issues surrounding the use of force. Excellent updated information. Thanks much.” — Ben
  • “Using Graham v. Connor standards as a guide to write the police reports on the use of force. Also emphasis on detail in the reports as to how and why force was used. Need to justify each individual blow, taser activation, shot, etc.” — Dean
  • “Use of Force is a subject that I deal with as a Crime Analyst. However, I don’t receive much training on the subject because I am not a sworn officer so I liked the information disseminated during this webinar.” — Ken
  • “Dr. Peters is well respected and the information was excellent.” — Truman


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