StudiGuide 20: Use of Force in California
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StudiGuide 20: Use of Force in California

Study Guide for the California Police Academy (P.O.S.T.) Written Examination
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Created by Michael Rubacha
Last updated 5/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 29 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of this StudiGuide course, students will be able to understand the California Criminal Justice System.
  • Students will be able to understand the basic concepts of Use of Force.
  • Students will, after careful study and review of this course, will be able to have a better understanding for the testing and passing of the State of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) basic police academy written examination.
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Requirements
  • Students should have a copy of the state of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) workbook and review it prior to starting a StudiGuide course.
Description

This StudiGuide course provides a practice review-testing resource for police academy cadets (based on the state of California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standard and Training 'POST' requirements) to help understand and pass the POST written examinations.

After review and study of this StudiGuide, DEFINE the term “force option”

You will be able to IDENTIFY:

  • the circumstances set forth in the California Penal Code when a peace officer has the authority to use force
  • the legal standard for the use of deadly force
  • the factors required to establish sufficiency of fear for the use of deadly force
  • that the objective of using force is to overcome resistance to gain control of an individual and the situation

You will be able to RECOGNIZE:

  • force options and the amount of force peace officers may use based on the subject’s resistance
  • facts an officer should consider when determining whether or not to use deadly force
  • the law regarding justifiable homicide by a public officer and the circumstances under which the homicide is considered justifiable

This is more than likely ALL you will be tested on during this specific written examination.

So, the following is just information which might be DISCUSSED in class and not likely to be testable.

You will be able to EXPLAIN:

  • the legal framework establishing a peace officer’s authority during a legal arrest, including a subject’s requirement to submit to arrest without resistance and a peace officer’s authority to use reasonable force during a detention or arrest
  • the importance of training and ongoing practice when responding to potentially dangerous situations that may require the use of force
  • the legal and administrative consequences associated with the use of unreasonable force
  • an agency’s potential liability associated with the use of unreasonable force
  • the consequences of an officer’s failure to intervene when unreasonable force is used by another peace officer

You will be able to DESCRIBE:

  • why complete documentation of the use of force is critical to the peace officer and the peace officer’s agency, to include Justification for using force and Relevant factors and detail
  • the benefits of ongoing physical and mental training for peace officers involving the use of force

You will be able to GIVE EXAMPLES of acceptable techniques for managing anger

You will be able to DISCUSS:

  • reasonable force as stated by law
  • the components of the Fourth Amendment standard for determining objective reasonableness as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court
  • the level of authority agency policies have regarding the use of force by a peace officer
  • the importance of effective communication when using force
  • the role of agency policies regarding the use of deadly force
  • immediate and delayed intervention techniques
  • factors that may inhibit a peace officer from intervening in a situation where a fellow officer may be applying unreasonable force

You will be able to DISCUSS factors that can affect a peace officer’s response when threatened with danger, to include:

  • Fear
  • Reasonable
  • Unreasonable
  • Anger
  • Indecision and hesitation

Selected information from this written examination will also appear on your Mid-Course and End-of-Course Proficiency Tests.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who want to maximize their study time while attending a police academy in the state of California.
  • Students who want a clearer understanding of the material they will be tested on while attending a police academy.
  • Our StudiGuides are an eLearning experience that short-cuts the normal "study groups" at home with the fundamental, straight forward, no-nonsense knowledge required, in a practical setting; your home, vehicle or other study place.
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StudiGuide 20: How to Pass This Written Examination
3 Lectures 08:22

Students will understand the nature and format of questions that may appear on the California POST police academy written examinations for this course.

Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the POST workbooks and find out other information via the POST website.

Preview 02:02

Students will understand test taking tips for the California POST police academy written examinations.

Preview 04:27

Students will be able to ask any question, leave comments and/or rate this course for the benefit of others.

Discussion Post
01:53
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StudiGuide 20: OVERVIEW to Use of Force in California
1 Lecture 03:10

Students will be given an overview of this course, what will be covered and how it will be covered.

Preview 03:10
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StudiGuide 20: Use of Force Introduction
5 Lectures 04:01

Students will be able to understand the legal term for how much and what kind of force a peace officer may use in a given situation.

Reasonable Force
00:31

Students will be able to understand the objective reasonableness standard as it applies to a force situation.

Preview 01:21

Students will be able to understand the legal framework used in establishing the authority of a peace officer to use force.

Legal Framework Establishing Authority to Use Force during an Arrest
00:45

Students will be able to understand peace officers authority to use force.

Authority to Use Force
00:57

Students will be able to understand the level of authority agency policies have regarding peace officers using force. 

Agency Policies and Use of Force
00:27

Lecture Review Questions.

Use of Force Introduction Review Questions
6 questions
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StudiGuide 20: Use of Force Options
5 Lectures 03:53

Students will be able to understand force options are choices available to a peace officers' allowing them to overcome resistance, effect an arrest, prevent escape, or gain control of the situation which is each agency's policy.

Use of Force Options
00:14

Students will be able to understand the objective of using force is to overcome resistance to gain control of an individual and the situation.

Objective of Using Force
00:34

Students will be understand a subject's' resistance and actions to an arrest will determine the type of force used by peace officers.

Force Options based on the Subject's Resistance
02:29

Students will be able to understand the importance of training regarding using force.

Training and Ongoing Practice regarding Use of Force
00:24

Students will be able to understand effective communication may enable a peace officer to gain cooperation and voluntary compliance.

Communication
00:12

Lecture Review Questions.

Force Options Review Questions
10 questions
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StudiGuide 20: Use of Deadly Force
5 Lectures 04:19

Students will be able to understand considerations regarding the use of deadly force, which is guided by the reverence for all human life.

Considerations for the Use of Deadly Force
01:04

Students will be able to understand the factors required to establish sufficiency of fear for the use of deadly force.

Sufficiency of Fear
00:45

Students will be able to understand the facts an officer should consider when determining whether or not to use deadly force.

Considerations when Determining whether or not to Use Deadly Force
00:30

Students will be able to understand the role of agency policies regarding the use of deadly force.

Agency Policies regarding the Use of Deadly Force
00:21

Students will be able to under under what circumstances  homicide by a public officer can be justifiable and legal.

Justifiable Homicide by Public Officer
01:39

Lecture Review Questions.

Use of Deadly Force Review Questions
5 questions
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StudiGuide 20: Documenting the Use of Force
1 Lecture 00:46

Students will be able to understand the rationale for properly documenting facts and activities of a use of force incident.

Documenting the Use of Force
00:46

Lecture Review Questions.

Documentation of Use of Force Review Questions
1 question
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StudiGuide 20: Fear and Anger Management in the Use of Force
3 Lectures 01:38

Students will be able to understand fear and anger management in the use of force.

Peace Officer response when Threatened with Danger
00:26

Students will be able to understand the use of force in dangerous situations may bring on emotional responses as well as physiological responses that officers must be prepared to recognize and manage.

Self Control
00:16

Students will be able to understand proper training and practice are keys to dealing effectively with dangerous situations.

Role of Initial and Ongoing Training
00:56

Lecture Review Questions.

Concept of Control Review Questions
1 question
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StudiGuide 20: Consequences of Unreasonable Force
6 Lectures 03:07

Students will be able to understand the legal and administrative consequences associated with the use of unreasonable force.

Legal and Administrative Consequences with Use of Unreasonable Force
00:23

Students will be able to understand peace officer and agency liability.

Peace Officer and Agency Liability
00:33

Students will be able to understand the laws pertaining to intervention.

Failure to Intervene
00:29

Students will be able to discuss and understand immediate and delayed intervention techniques.

Immediate and Delayed Intervention Techniques
00:20

Students will be able to utilize an intervention strategy and understand why.

Intervention Techniques
00:26

Course ending and closure.  Thank You for taking and completing this course.

Ending and StudiGuide 20 Course PDF
00:56

Lecture Review Questions.

Consequences of Unreasonable Force Review Questions
3 questions
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StudiGuide 20: Final Review Questions for Use of Force in California
0 Lectures 00:00

Course Review Questions.

Final Review Questions: Use of Force in California
75 questions
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Bonus
2 Lectures 03:25

All StudiGuide courses available for a discounted price of just $10

Preview 00:58

Bonus

Bonus
02:26
About the Instructor
Michael Rubacha
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2,250 Students
25 Courses
California Police Academy Study Guide Presenter

Michael "Andy" Rubacha

I began my career in law enforcement in 1988 and retired from Los Angeles County. Throughout my County law enforcement career, I have taken on collateral tasks as trainer, instructor and mentor to fellow law enforcement personnel of all ranks.

I have attended the LAPD Law Enforcement West Point Leadership Program and numerous other supervisory, management, and instructor training courses in law enforcement. I have obtained my Basic, Intermediate, Advance, Supervisory and Management POST certificates. As a college instructor, I have taught Criminal Justice to students interested in the field of law enforcement. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. I have taken a keen interest in newly hired police trainees to mentor them for success. I have also facilitated career / promotional preparation courses for the past fifteen+ years.

Additionally, I was a member of the Air Force (Security Police), a Veteran of Desert Storm, and a life-member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 9148, having served as Post Commander and Senior Vice-Post Commander.

I have volunteered my time for more than fifteen years to coordinate and teach study groups for police academy (including Module D and re-certification) recruits/students. Over 1000 students attended my study groups. My desire is to continue benefiting the student/recruit in being successful to become the next generation police officer.