Force Investigations

Separating Self-Defense From Criminal Action

Force Investigations is the most comprehensive course of its kind and a must for every investigator. The course was developed to provide intensive training on force-related topics. Force Investigations will provide you with the information you need to take your investigative skillset to the next level.

Force events do not take place in a vacuum and go well beyond the general understanding of the average person. They are high stress and rapidly evolving situations that most people are not prepared for. Therefore, the elements that must be considered and investigated require a specially trained investigator. Someone who understands the variables that lead to these life-changing decisions and the evidence those decisions may leave behind.

Participants will be exposed to the essential elements that need to be considered and investigated following every use of force event. Real-life encounters involving force are examined to help the professional investigator differentiate between acts of self-defense and unlawful attack.


Topics Covered Will Include:

Legal & Practical Considerations of Force
Force Continuums & Documentation
Fear & Its Impact on Force
Real World Observational Capabilities
Time & Distance Considerations
Physical Performance
Crime Scene Assessment
Video Analysis & Interpretation
Weapons Considerations

Your Instructor

Dennis Root
Dennis Root

Dennis is the Founder and National Director for the Force Concepts Training Council. He is a nationally recognized expert who testifies in cases regarding the use of force by police and for self-defense. Dennis’ area of expertise has him working force cases across the United States. He has appeared on many national and local news media programs. Dennis also served as the force expert during the well-publicized cases involving George Zimmerman (FL) and Micah LeMaster (WV).

Dennis has more than 27 years of law enforcement experience and provides force related training for law enforcement, professional investigators, and private individuals. During his law enforcement career, Dennis’ duties included road patrol, traffic, canine, detective, internal affairs, training and he served as the Martin County (FL) Sheriff’s Office use of force specialist.

Dennis has served as the lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for four different law enforcement agencies and is the former lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Indian River Criminal Justice Training Institute, where he taught both basic and advanced level training courses.

In addition to his law enforcement and training experience, Dennis has almost a decade of experience as a professional investigator and consultant. He has had the opportunity to investigate countless cases involving the use of force. He brings this real-world experience to every program he teaches. Dennis is dedicated to helping others achieve their personal and professional goals.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days (and prior to taking the course final exam) and I will give you a full refund.

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