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Human Factors and Legal Application of Use of Force (Force Science) (UF0015)

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Critical incidents such as deadly force encounters are often very brief and violent. They impact an officer’s response, perception, decision-making, memory, and motor performance. Administrators, courts, media, and the public will evaluate the actions of officers after the incident without fully understanding the dynamics of human factors under stress. Understanding human factors enables us to explain why officers do what they do under stress – it does not make excuses for it.

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