Use of Force Policy Training featured in Chicago Sun Tims


Polis basic Use of Force Policy training for Chicago Police Department featured in Chicago Sun-Times.


—Brian Lande

Chicago’s ABC7 features Polis Solutions’s Training


Polis’s training has been featured in Chicago ABC7’s coverage of Chicago Police Department’s new Use of Force Policy Training. Although the segment does not mention Polis Solutions by name the piece describes the training,

“Officers watched video of real situations outside of Chicago, wrote down impressions, actions at several stages of the scene, then discussed options and opportunities to de-escalate and adhere to the department’s new priority sanctity of life.”

We are delighted that our training is being well received and having a positive impact on a large department like Chicago PD.

You can watch the video at ABC7’s here.

— Brian Land

Polis Use of Force Training Featured in Chicago Tribune

On Friday, the Chicago Tribute featured an article on the Chicago Police Departments new Use of Force Training. Although Polis Solutions is not mentioned directly, the training material is prominently featured in the article, Chicago police lay out ambitious annual training plans for its 12,000 officers. The training featured is the initial four hour course Polis developed.

— Brian Lande

Polis Solutions Featured in Scientific American

Brian Lande and Jonathan Wender’s research and training company, Polis Solutions, has been featured in Scientific American article, Stress Training for Cop’s Brains. Jonathan Wender writes in the piece,

“We need evidence-based, human performance training that starts in the academy and continues across every career phase, so when you’re tired, scared or stressed, you still do the right thing.”

Jonathan also argues that police are judged for there errors along moral, emotional, and political dimensions but not the same types of evaluations we make of other professions, such as medicine or aviation. When a doctor makes an error the explanation is not immediately or automatically considered to be moral or political, but likely an human performance error of judgement or perception.

Detroit Cops Have to Work 2-3 Jobs to Make a Living.

Detroit Cops Have to Work 2-3 Jobs to Make a Living.

Should cops, who already do a difficult and dangerous job, have to work an additional job or two in order to make a living? Are there consequences to having the public officials tasked with protecting citizens and guaranteeing civil liberties have divided attentions and loyalties?

Natural News is a Facebook hit: Never click on its stories about cancer, vaccines, conspiracies.

Pseudo science is rampant on Facebook and this Slate article peers into Natural News,  which has become a popular source of Facebook posts.  The Slate piece reviews some of the ways the media outlet distorts and mis reports scientific findings.

Analyzing Police Encounters with the Public

This video reports on results from the DARPA “SSIM” program. Geoffrey Raymond (UCSB) and Nikki Jones (UCB) examined the social interactions between police officers and citizens in public. Specifically they looked at the role of acknowledging or suppressing citizen’s interests, goals, projects, etc. during a police-citizen encounter. What Raymond and Jones found was that when police acknowledge, rather than suppress citizen goals (even if they don’t go along with the citizen’s goals), then the likelihood of citizen non-compliance, hostility, or violence decreases.

Paul Bloom: The Case Against Empathy : The New Yorker

Empathy is important in forming and sustaining social relationships.  Yet,  as Paul  Bloom explains, for all the concern about “empathy gaps”,  empathy does not help us solve all of our more dilemmas.

Media Violence and Violent Behavior

The NRA’s Wayne LePierrer made numerous empirically questionable statements. One of them is that media (television, music, film, and video game) violence is in part to blame for mass shootings.

I briefly want to address the empirical evidence for the role of media violence on violent behavior because on the right and left alike, and among gun control opponents and advocates, there seems to be a taken for granted notion that media violence and violent behavior are linked.

As of 2012, the research on violent media and violent behavior has not shown a consistent effect of violent media on violent behavior (Ferguson, Rueda, Cruz, Ferguson, Fritz, and Smith 2009; Valdez and Ferguson 2012; Trend 2007). When effects have been shown, they are typically in the 1-4% range of explaining variance  in violent behavior (e.g. Anderson and Bushman 2001)  and meta-analysis generally bring the positive and negative effects down to statistically insignificant levels or simply 0%.

Interacting factors such as exposure to family violence, street violence, and violence in schools (i.e. living in a world of danger and everyday violence) on the one hand and dispositional factors such as being male, genetic predisposition, less lead in the water (Nevin 2000), and even diet (e.g. Sanchez-Jankowski 1991) better predicts and explains violence than media (Paulle 2005; Ferguson 2007; Ferguson et al 2009; Pinker 2002).

There may be a role for media effects in how those that are likely to engage in violent behavior “stylize” their violence. For example, in gang violence, media may not cause gun violence but it may be relevant to the peculiar fascination that some gang members have had with shooting their guns sideways (not only a stylistic effect but one that greatly decreases their accuracy).

The other significant problem is that youth violence has declined steadily (van Dijk, van Kersteren, and Smith 2007) even as there has been a proliferation of violent media.