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Officer-Involved Shooting: the Aftermath

Officer-Involved Shooting:  the Aftermath

Focus:  Police officers, from patrol officer through Chief Executive

Length:  8-hours

Officers are generally well-versed in the criminal prosecution of arrestees.  However, when an officer is forced to respond with deadly force to save his or her life--or that of another--that officer enters into a very different arena, one where that officer will be the focus of multiple investigations.  He or she will take part in the prosecution of the suspect, if alive.  The officer will also act as a defendant administratively, in defense of his or her actions as measured against agency policy, criminally in Grand Jury and/or Coroner Inquests, and in civil court.  Each of these venues focus on a different standard of conduct and behavior.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the entire Officer-Involved Shooting (OIS) investigation and aftermath, from the moments before the shooting to the final appeal of the civil judgment.  This training prepares the individual officer to deal with the entire criminal justice system, articulating his or her actions in a manner that will fulfill the expectations of the prosecutor, the police administration, the jurisdictional risk manager, and the citizens who make up the juries the officer will face.

The current public perspective surrounding the police shooting, as well as the officer’s perspective is detailed.  This will include current and foundational court decisions regarding the deadly force response by officers.  Knowing what must be proven during the three concurrent investigations (criminal, administrative, and civil) provides the officer with an understanding of the articulation and proof standards necessary to prove proper conduct.  It is up to the involved-officer to prove the legal criteria for a deadly force response were present at the time of the shooting.

Unless an officer has been through a shooting, they generally have only a hazy understanding of the consuming process they will enter immediately following a shooting.  It has been said that officers are psychologically injured more by the what they go through following the shooting than by the shooting itself.  This course provides a roadmap for the officer, leading to a sense of control and ability to determine their own destiny.