Decision Making in Seconds: Every Force Event is Unique

By Calibre Press  |   Mar 23, 2021

Calibre Press has uploaded two short videos of officers discharging their firearms in the direction of human beings. The circumstances were very different in so many ways, but each involved making the decision to use deadly force and then actually doing so. This is the most serious of all the decisions officers have to make during their careers.

The videos shown below, as with most of the videos we post for your convenience on our YouTube Channel, are edited for your use. They are to be used for education and training purposes. For consideration. They’re designed to spark discussion, draw out thoughts, inspire ideas and suggestions. They’re shared in the spirit of honest analysis, not judgement.

As you watch these videos, consider the elements involved. What was the level of imminent threat the officers faced in each encounter? How quickly were these scenarios playing out? What level of time compression were the officers facing when making the decision to fire? Given the circumstances, was the use of deadly force appropriate at the point it was delivered? Why? How would you articulate that decision in your reports, investigatory interviews and in court?

What would you have done differently…if anything?

Take a look and see what you think:

If you want to share any of your insights, we’d love to hear them. You can e-mail us at: [email protected]

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