This training program was developed from working with agencies undergoing review by the U. S. Dept. of Justice. The program is designed for Chiefs, assistant chiefs, commanders, lieutenants, sergeants, and supervisors - anyone involved in the review of use of force cases.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board has certified this course for 6 hours of credit.


How to effectively and efficiently investigate use of force cases
How to recognize and identify the subtle cues often overlooked in the investigation
How to avoid common pitfalls in police practices, including tactical and training issues leading to pattern and practice claims and civil rights investigations


What Constitutes Deadly Force
Phases of a Use of Force Event
Organizational Factors that Influence a Dept.'s Use of Force Experience
Supervision and Use of Force
Court Decisions Re Use of Force
Use of Force Investigation Procedures
Negligence Issues (Appointment,Retention, Assignment, Entrustment, Failure to Supervise, Failure to Train and Failure to Direct)
Factors to Consider in Determining if Force was "Objectively Reasonable"
Decision Point Analysis
Case Studies

Chief Charles Gruber

Chief Gruber's career in law enforcement spans more than 36 years with 30 years as a Chief of Police. He is Past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Gruber was appointed by the federal district court as part of a team of legal and policing experts to monitor compliance with the negotiated settlement agreement between the City of Oakland, California and private plaintiffs pertaining to pattern and practice claims filed against the Oakland Police Department. Concurrently, he is retained by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to investigate alleged pattern & practice abuses in several police departments. Like much of Chief Gruber's work, the DOJ reviews include assessments of numerous officer-involved shootings and use of force issues.

Chief Gruber holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and received his Master's Degree in Police Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, National Executive Institute, and the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

Chief Gruber is a decorated law enforcement executive and has received many distinguished service awards. While heading the Shreveport Police Department, he received national attention for his leadership role in preventing use of force by his officers while containing a two-day riot within the city. Chief Gruber was awarded the Paul Lynch Award for his contribution to the advancement of Shreveport's civil rights movement by containing and de-escalating the riot without resort to force. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards including Law Enforcement of the Year by the U.S. Marshals Service, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award.

This training is conducted as an in-house training course, the all inclusive price to train up to 35 participants is $6,000.00 If your agency would like to bring this training to your agency please contact Julie Rock at 1-855-479-3959 or jrock@reid.com. We ask your agency to provide a training room or facility with the necessary audio visual equipment.