Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT
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St.Paul Police-Richard Rowan Training Facility 
600 Lafayette Rd North
St. Paul, MN 55130

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St Paul Police Department's Professional Development Institute 

Decision Making: Foundation of Reasonable Force 

The St. Paul Police Professional Development Institute is proud to sponsor,"Decision Making: Foundation of Reasonable Force."


Few topics in law enforcement cause more public scrutiny than police use of force. This evidence based course examines the factors affecting decision making under stress and provides practical tools to make reasonable use of force decisions, while simultaneously increasing officer safety.  Through guided discussion, video analysis and case studies, participants will explore:

  • Current Use of Force Trends
  • Legal Foundations of Reasonable Force
  • The Science of Human Performance and Decision Making
  • Improving Decision Making Under Stress
  • CYA: Can You Articulate?
  • Surviving the Aftermath of a Force Incident

Instructor:  Dennis Valone:

Dennis Valone is the Co-Owner and Vice President of Training for Command Presence Training.

He has spent the last 23 years working in the Public Safety arena. Dennis left full time law enforcement in April of 2018 as a Captain and was Commander of the Department of Public Safety Training Division.

Dennis has an extensive background in law enforcement training. He has held his instructor certification since 2002 and has taught at police academies in Florida and Georgia. In 2009, he was instrumental in starting a new police academy at a local university. During his tenure at the academy he was a class coordinator and taught constitutional law, firearms, emergency driving, and defensive tactics. Dennis has taught for several nationally recognized organizations including Calibre Press, National Tactical Officers Association, Below 100, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Officer Safety Initiative. He is the Immediate Past President of the Georgia Tactical Officers Association and is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. Dennis is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Executive Management and Masters in Public Safety Administration.


COST:  $190.00 per person

MN POST credits: 8

Cancellation / No-Show policy: Attendees who fail to show and who do not give at least a 24 hr notice of such will be billed at full tuition.