Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Il Valley Comm. College Room CTC124
816 N. Orlando Smith Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
Instructor: Lt Jim Glennon, a third generation law enforcement officer with 30 years of service. Jim has been a Commander of both Patrol and Detective Units and was selected as the first Commander of Investigations for the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force.
Jim holds a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Law Enforcement Justice Administration. His is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School fo Staff and Command - was elected class president, won the prestigious Kreml Leadership award and subsequently joined the adjunct instructor staff. Teaching for over 20 years in both law enforcement and private industry, Lt. Glennon specializes in Leadership, Communication, Officer Safety and the Science of Human Performance.
Lt. Glennon is the Director of Curriculum for Calibre Press, creating and maintaining the content of all Calibre Press Training Courses. Jim is a columnist, having collaborated with several law enforcement publications and has received the acclaimed “MAGGIE” Award for Columnist of the Year.
Jim is the author of the book: Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law enforcement, which was named one of the “Top 10 Law Enforcement Books of All Time” and co-authored the recently updated the legendary book, Street Survival II: Tactics for Deadly Force Encounters.
In 2012 Jim’s company Lifeline Training acquired Calibre Press and the storied Street Survival Seminar, marking it the first time in 38 years the company has been owned and operated by law enforcement.
Jim is an internationally recognized trainer, author and subject matter expert and has personally trained over 100,000 Law Enforcement officers of every rank and command in Federal, State, Local and Tribal communities.
  Member Fee: $0
Non-Member Fee: $100


A crucial question at the core of every use of force incident is this: Was it avoidable? This course helps you make that decision.

The 1989 the Graham v. Connor case established that the moment an officer uses force is all that matters when determining if it was objectively reasonable. Further it determined that the moment could not be judged “with the 20/20 vision of hindsight." In other words, how that moment came to be matters not, only what was happening during it.
That said, this legal doctrine does not (and should not) preclude officers, trainers and supervisors from examining cases with that 20/20 vision. With a goal of avoiding the avoidable, we should look backwards from the moment force was used and honestly assess whether the officer, by action or lack of action, contributed to its ultimate need.
Legally Justified; But Was it Avoidable analyzes dozens of recent use of force videos and focuses on the totality of the interaction. We dissect the behavior of the offender and more importantly, the thoughts and behavioral processes of the officer(s) involved. Specifically, we consider if poor or ill-advised tactics, ineffective communication, a lack of personal control and/or a misunderstanding of acute stress led the officer(s) to escalate the event unintentionally and unconsciously.

In this course we will discuss:
  • Force: Can it be avoided? How? Can it be?
  • Powerful research: how stress breaks down your ability to process information
  • Handling pressure at the pivotal moment
  • Did poor tactics contribute to the need to shoot?
  • Don't throw fuel on the fire! Controlling the inner "idiot"
  • The overall goal and how stress diverts from that mission
  • Slowing things down can be your most powerful tactic
  • A hard look at the reason mistakes are being made
  • Cognitive deterioration leads to "Decision Decline"
  • Avoiding Behavioral and Content Loops
  • The Power of Mid-Event Disengagement
 This course was designed to train State, Local and Federal Law Enforcement Personnel to include Police, Deputies, Correction/Jail, Courthouse, Highway Patrol, Probation-Parole, Dispatch, Campus Police, RR Police, TSA, Military, Border Enforcement, US Forest Service, Parks & Rec, Fish & Wildlife, Social Security, Code Enforcement and Private Security

MTU 5’s request for certification of this course, as well as Mandate Approval, is PENDING through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standard’s Board.
  Civil Rights   Constitutional and Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority.
  Cultural Competency   Procedural Justice
  Introductory Mental Health Awareness   Legal Updates
  Human Rights   Use of Force (must include scenario based or similar approved training)
  Lead Homicide Investigator   Sexual Assault Trauma Informed Response
  Sexual Assault Investigator Training   Psychology of Domestic Violence
Course enrollment must be made by the agency CEO or designated training officer.  Registration may be made using our on-line course registration link on this website.  All officers enrolled by their department will be assumed to be on duty unless otherwise noted