Free Police Use of Force Workshops in Indiana in 2018

Keith Karlson (L) and Lou Hayes (R)

In and around 2015, I was fortunate to be a part of and design a Use of Force program through the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA). The eight (8) classes totaled over 800 police officers, troopers, detectives, investigators, supervisors, command staff, prosecutors, and other law enforcement agents. 

My partner for the campaign was attorney Keith Karlson. He and I have a unique relationship and approach, in that we openly argue in front of and with the class attendees. The complex nature of police-citizen contacts and use of force is such that, while legal boundaries exist, no firm answers or procedures are possible. Case study and "red teaming" are effective formats to develop critical and adaptive thinking in our peace officers. Our approach to bring differing perspectives of street cop and police defense attorney prove to spark debates, challenges, and growth.

With that, Keith and I are back in Indiana in 2018 for a couple classes, very similar to those in 2015. The Indiana HIDTA is sponsoring the FREE workshops:
  • Monday, May 07th, 2018, in Hammond, Indiana.
  • Monday, Nov 05th, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

What's the course about?

Police use of force is a complex topic. It requires police officers make decisions under “tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving” circumstances, often with little, incorrect, or conflicting information.  
What mindset and strategies can be used to make the best possible decisions given these sub-optimal conditions? What are recommended practices for handling the aftermath of an unfavorable outcome? 

Attorney Keith Karlson and police officer Lou Hayes, Jr. team up to provide workshops to help police officers and their agencies better prepare for these situations. Keith and Lou rely on discussion and debate to highlight the variety of philosophies, approaches, strategies, and tactics in responding to incidents where police force is a reasonable option. Video case studies serve as a backbone for this class. Highlighted topics include:
  • Laws of search, seizure, & force
  • Adaptive problem-solving & The Illinois Model™
  • Human factors & Force Science Institute® concepts & studies
  • Emotional Intelligence & non-compliance
  • Incident strategy & its impact on legal & civil defensibility
  • Post-force or OIS actions: officer statements, agency internal inquiry, criminal investigation
  • Media coverage & implications

Registration is FREE, and being handled by Indiana HIDTA.  

Contact Lou or Keith if you'd like to see this workshop in your area! 

And be sure to check out a list of Lou's other classes.


Lou Hayes, Jr. is a criminal investigations & intelligence unit supervisor in a suburban Chicago police department. With a passion for training, he studies human performance & decision-making, creativity, emotional intelligence, and adaptability. Follow Lou on Twitter at @LouHayesJr or on LinkedIn


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