Seminar Title

Use of Force Conference and Certification

Dates of Events

04/04/2022 through 04/08/2022

Last Updated: 01/24/2022
Instructor(s): John Jack Ryan, Michael (Mike) Irwin, Matthew Greely
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton - Nashville South Cool Springs, Franklin, TN 37067
Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton - Nashville South Cool Springs / 820 Crescent Centre Drive, Franklin, TN 37067
Course Registration Fee: $550
Instructor Bio
John Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan is an attorney in Rhode Island, a graduate Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude Suffolk University Law School and has 20 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department, Providence, RI.

Jack’s law degree and experience as a police officer gives him the unique perspective of public safety legal and liability issues. Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States. He has authored several legal publications, including the LLRMI Best Selling “Legal Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Supervisors” – an annually updated quick reference guide to U.S. Supreme Court case law impacting law enforcement policies and procedures. Jack has authored "Law Enforcement Best Practices" 6th Edition, "Jail and Best Practices", and "Emerging Legal Trends for SWAT, Tactical and Emergency Response Operations" Jack has written policies and procedures that have been adopted by over 1,000 law enforcement and corrections agencies across the United States.

Michael (Mike) Irwin
Mike Irwin retired as a Captain with the Illinois State Police. Mike was Chief of Police for the West Frankfort Police Department in Illinois from 2016-2019. Mike is a Use of Force expert witness in Federal and State court. He is a nationally recognized expert in MCATI, crowd control, undercover narcotics training and physical skills.


Matthew Greely
Detective Matthew Greely is a veteran Police Officer with the Providence, RI Police Department with over 15 years of dedicated law enforcement experience.
Matt currently serves as the lead firearms instructor and armorer for the Providence, RI Police Department. He is a member of the S.W.A.T team and serves as the team’s medic. Matt has trained thousands of officers in firearms and less lethal munitions. He is also a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Detective Greely earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Anna Maria College.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Who Should Attend:
This program is beneficial to all officers in understanding the law, generally accepted practices, training, and liability exposure with respect to use of force.
This program is specifically geared to use of force instructors who can immediately use what they take from this course to provide the officers they instruct with a greater understanding of the law, liability exposure, decision-making, and best practices with respect to use of force. The program covers the development of use of force training lesson plans and documentation. A section of the program also covers training methods for various use of force options to include weapons confusion.
This program should also be attended by supervisors/officers assigned to investigate or review use of force by officers as well as persons responsible for agency policies covering use of force/response to resistance.
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An LLRMI Use of Force Instructor/Analyst Certification is an option for this program based on a successfully completed written assignment reviewed by the LLRMI Instructor Team
· Attendees are encouraged to bring their agency Use of Force/Response to Resistance policy or lesson plans for discussion.
The Program:
This program is the first of its kind that addresses all aspects of use of force or response to resistance in a manner that every officer should know, and every trainer must know. The program includes a multi-segmented approach which covers legal decision-making, the proper mindset and leadership, and the methods of training use of force at an operational level.
The program will also cover the issues related to dueling experts and research studies on use of force related deaths during the restraint process as well as other contemporary topics such as de-escalation, neck restraints, excited delirium, and asphyxia related issues.
There is no greater exposure to criminal and civil liability than in the area of Use of Force, an essential and necessary task that all officers face. In many cases, trainers are well-versed in the skills related to use of force or the “how to” deploy force. However, many officers and trainers are not well-versed in the “when to” use force beyond the basic tenets of cases like
Graham v. Connor. This program provides attendees with an understanding of the essential decision-making skills related to the Constitutional Use of Force and provides trainers with a framework to bring back to their agency so that officers are empowered through training to make the best decisions on when force may be used and which force option is proper under the circumstances the officer is faced with.
The program also focuses on officer mindset. Officers must always be prepared. There will be times, as in the current anti-law enforcement environment where officers may be hesitant to use force where force is not only reasonable and proper, but also necessary. This portion of the program addresses how training and leadership creates a mindset in the officer that will enhance officer safety, enhance public safety, and enhance the safety of the subject that officers are dealing with.
All firearms and defensive tactics trainers recognize that there is a wide variation of skill and learning curves with respect to the varied trainees that must be trained to a level that leads to proficiency both in skill and decision-making. A portion of the program focuses on methods of training, to include working through the changing environment of law enforcement use of force issues.