Webinar - Keeping Out of Trouble: Universal Questions & Decision Making Model for Ethical and Lawful Policing

Thursday Aug 31, 2017 - 01:00pm to 02:00pm EDT
Event Description: 

Decisionmaking in law enforcement training is often a "do what I tell you to do" process. Little consideration goes into teaching someone how to think. Even less time is spent on deconstructing the decisionmaking process through a critical thinking evaluation.

Additionally, there are times when officers attempt to mitigate a problem and decide to act because they are there, but may lack the legal authority to act.

Attendees of this thoughtful webinar will be introduced to:

  • The legal and ethical decisionmaking process,
  • Understanding bias in the decisionmaking process,
  • The universal question for lawful and ethical policing,
  • Why urgency to act determines the strategy an officer implements, and
  • How the Fourth Amendment concepts of seizure, reasonableness, and the acceptable level of governmental intrusion matrix assist in the decisionmaking process.


Thomas Dworak is a retired Sergeant (31 years) from a suburban Chicago police department where he was the Field Training and Evaluation Program Coordinator and the Lead Defensive Tactics/Use of Force Instructor. As a consultant for the Virtus Group, he develops and facilitates "The Adaptive Field Training Officer (FTO)" program. Thom’s knowledge of experiential learning, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creative problemsolving and decisionmaking shaped "The Adaptive FTO" into a program for the changing training environment field training officers and their trainees find themselves in daily.

Thom facilitates training throughout the country in field training, instructor development, leadership, supervisory skills, use of force, defensive tactics, and is a core instructor for Below 100. He holds the position of adjunct faculty at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of Du Page, providing instruction to recruits in defensive tactics and scenario-based training. A member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), Thom is the Instructor Development Section Editor of the ILEETA Journal. 



Organizer Information
Event Organization: 
Justice Clearinghouse
Groups audience: 
- Private group -