Calibre Press: Legally Justified (El Paso)

Calibre Press: Legally Justified (El Paso)
CLEAT is proud to partner with Calibre Press to present Legally Justified.

Legally Justified - But was it Avoidable?  (TCOLE 57127)

The Crucial Question at the Core of Use of Force

Monday August 1, 2022 ♦ 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TUITION: This class is normally $199. 
We have a limited number of FREE seats for CLEAT members.  Before you register, please verify with your department that you can attend.  We want to avoid forfeiting a seat due to a no show so that we can offer this class to as many as possible.

Hosted by El Paso County Sheriff's Office
El Paso County Sheriff's Office Region VIII Academy
12501 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX  

crucial question at the core of every use of force incident is this:

Was it avoidable?

This course will help you make that decision.

The 1989 the Graham v. Connor case established that the moment an officer uses force is all that matters when determining if it was objectively reasonable.   Further, it determined that the moment could not be judged “with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.” In other words, how that moment came to be matters not, only what was happening during it.

That said, this legal doctrine does not (and should not) preclude officers, trainers, and supervisors from examining cases with that 20/20 vision. With a goal of avoiding the avoidable, we should look backward from the moment force was used and honestly assess whether the officer, by action or lack of action, contributed to its ultimate need.

Legally Justified; But was it Avoidable analyzes dozens of recent use of force videos and focuses on the totality of the interaction. We dissect the behavior of the offender and more importantly, the thoughts and behavioral processes of the officer(s) involved. Specifically, we consider if poor or ill-advised tactics, ineffective communication, a lack of personal control and/or a misunderstanding of acute stress led the officer(s) to escalate the event unintentionally and unconsciously.

In this course we will discuss:

  • Force: Can it be avoided? How? Will it be?

  • Powerful research: how stress breaks down your ability to process information

  • Handling pressure at the pivotal moment

  • Did poor tactics contribute to the need to shoot?

  • Don’t throw fuel on the fire! Controlling the inner “idiot”

  • The overall goal and how stress diverts from that mission

  • Slowing things down can be your most powerful tactic

  • A hard look at the reason mistakes are being made

  • Cognitive deterioration leads to “Decision Decline”

  • Avoiding Behavioral and Content Loops

  • The Power of Mid-Event Disengagement



Our registration system is designed to collect all the information needed to facilitate the reporting of hours to TCOLE. We will have a pre-printed roster at the training site so all you have to do is verify your information and initial, rather than having to manually sign in on the roster.  To do this, we need your help to make sure we have your information in advance of the class.

You already have an account in our database system. Please log into your existing account to register. Do not create a new account.  You may need to reset your password if you have not logged in before.  If you have trouble locating your account or resetting your password, it is probably because we do not have an e-mail address on file for you or it is an old e-mail address that you are not using anymore.  You can e-mail CLEAT Training ( and we will reset your account using the e-mail address you used to send the e-mail.  Or you can call the Austin office (512-495-9111) for immediate assistance.  If you are logging in for the first time, please update your contact information, PID, DOB, etc.  Click the link at the top - "Welcome, Your Name" to access and edit your membership information.

Create a new account. Make sure you enter your department or agency in the "Primary Organization" field when creating the account.  If you are retired, enter the agency followed by retired.  If you are not affiliated with an agency but wish to attend to keep your TCOLE hours current, enter "None".  Once you have logged in, you can also update your contact information, PID and DOB for the roster. Click the link at the top - "Welcome, Your Name" to access and edit your information.

After logging in, go to the specific event you are interested in registering for.  If you are not on the event page, click events at the top of the page and this will take you to the training schedule.  When viewing a specific event, there will be button that reads "Register Myself". After clicking this button, click the button that appears at the bottom of the page, "Proceed to Check Out".  This will bring up  the confirmation page. If there is a fee for the event, you will be able to enter payment information.  If not, simply click the button at the bottom "Submit Order" to finalize the registration.

If you have any problems along the way, don't hesitate to contact us.

8/1/2022 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
12501 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79938 UNITED STATES

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