Interviews of Post-Shooting and High-Stress Events
In the split-second it takes for an officer to make the decision to pull the trigger and use deadly force, a lot of information occurred leading up to, during and after the event, but will it be remembered by the officer? Will it be remembered accurately? These questions can be posed not only towards the use of deadly physical force, but it relates to conducting interviews following involvement in any high-stress situation, as the stress of such events can impact the memory and recall of facts and information. Understanding the impact of stress on memory and knowing interviewing techniques and questioning strategies that can vastly improve the accuracy and reliability of the information, which the students will learn during this training course, is central to effectively investigating these critical events. In addition to classroom training, students will experience being interviewed following stressful live-fire shooting scenarios (or paintball/Simunition, depending on the venue) and they will also utilize their training to conduct interviews of their fellow classmates who were subjected to similar stressful events. The shooting scenarios will vary and will be recorded to accurately document the event, and the interviews will be recorded as well to document the interviewing process. This will allow for the critical review and feedback for the students of both the shooting and the interview process. This course is multi-day, depending on a variety of factors.