Use of Force for Field Supervisors

How to manage a use of force scene and conduct a use of force investigation

The way law enforcement officers use force is under scrutiny like never before. But for years, we’ve heard complaints from law enforcement supervisors that they weren’t receiving the up-to-date and practical training they need to mitigate risk for their officers and their agency. That’s why we created the Use of Force for Field Supervisors course.

This course contains everything you need to manage the types of use of force incidents you respond to most often. Instead of vague concepts or an outdated instructor, you’ll get the specific tools you need and learn from a current practitioner in the field.

This course provides current and aspiring supervisors with the specific skills they can use to reduce liability and the risk of injury by managing the most common use of force incidents both before, during and after an incident, including:


  • The best ways supervisors can “set the tone” ahead of time during briefing trainings
  • How to manage the scene of a use of force incident
  • How to manage use of force incidents on your shift and conduct in-field use of force investigations
  • Use of force laws that every supervisor needs to know
This course is focused on arming current and aspiring supervisors with practical tools they can begin using immediately. Through the use of case analysis and scenarios, students will leave this course confident in conducting use of force reviews.

Your Instructor

Jason Louis

Jason Louis

Jason Louis is the CEO of The Briefing Room and an active-duty patrol sergeant with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. He has instructed Use of Force and Defensive Tactics classes for most of his 23-year career and currently oversees his agency’s use of force cadre and the curriculum for their regional training center. Jason is a certified Force Science Analyst, Enhanced Force Investigations Strategies Specialist, a sitting member on his agency’s use of force review board, and an expert in contemporary use of force law.

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Students Are Saying:

“This course should be required for all new and aspiring supervisors. It provides a great foundation on how to view use of force incidents objectively.”

— Sgt. K. Xiong, Fresno PD (CA)

“Before this class I wasn’t confident on how to arrive on scene as a supervisor and provide calm leadership. Now I feel confident due to the step by step process.”

— Ofc. Graham Hawkinson, Tracy PD (CA)

“After taking this course I feel more confident in how to handle a use of force incident and maybe even how to minimize future incidents.”

— Sgt. B. Condit, Stanislaus County SO (CA)

“My favorite part of the course was the practical exercises and group discussions.”

— Sgt. S. Neri, Suisun PD (CA)

“Before this course I was lacking supervisory experience when it comes to use of force. This course provided me foundational knowledge coupled with real world examples.”

— Ofc. A. Aiello, Marina PD (CA)

“This course thoroughly explained new use of force law and the legislative intent. Attend this course and get a better understanding of use of force.”

— Sgt. B. Sforzini, Murrieta PD (CA)

Upcoming Presentations:

Use of Force for Field Supervisors

Jun 19Anaheim, CA

Aug 5Meridian, ID

Quick Facts

Target Audience:

Current and aspiring law enforcement supervisors and managers

Course Length:

16 hours (2 days)

Course Certifications:

California POST Certified. Need certification for your state?

All of our courses are California POST certified because we are based in California. However, we present courses all over the United States and we’re happy to work with you to obtain certification in your particular state.



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