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Ken Wallentine Chief, West Jordan Police Department Chair, Salt Lake Valley Officer-Involved Critical Incident Investigation Protocol Board

"We brought the CIR Enhanced Force Investigations & Cognitive Interviewing course to our area to strengthen the knowledge and skills of our Salt Lake Valley Officer-Involved Critical Incident Investigation Teams. The response was outstanding. Our already-skilled investigators gained deeper understanding of the cognitive interview technique, improved the comprehensiveness of our investigative scope, identified issues in applying human factors and confronting assumptions in the investigative process. Moreover, the teams learned together, under the direction of superb instructors, promoting an even more cohesive and effective team effort. I highly recommend this certification course."

Major Carlos D. Gonzalez Director of the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute CEO of Blue Theory, LLC

Miami-Dade contacted CIR to bring the “Enhanced Force Investigations and Cognitive Interview Certification Course to our department, Jamie Borden and Paul Taylor proved to be credible and incredibly effective as instructors. The feedback was exceptional and the information has made a significant difference in our officers’ understanding of the subject matter. In my opinion, this should be a standardized course for law enforcement across the United States.

In my near 30-year career as a law enforcement officer, I have trained thousands of people from around the country and internationally. My experience has taught me that credibility and the ability to provide information in a relatable manner is invaluable in the process of teaching others. Naturally, it is important to me to work with and learn from others who possess both of these attributes.

Chief Scott Hughes Hamilton-Township, Ohio

Last week, C.I.R. taught “A Street Cop’s Perspective on Critical Force Dynamics and Human Factors” at my agency. Let me tell you…In my twenty-plus years in law enforcement, this was the most informative course that I have attended. In today’s environment, it is imperative that law enforcement officers – of all ranks – understand how the physiological and cognitive factors impact performance, perception, and behavior. This class should be mandatory training for EVERY police officer in America – especially if you are investigating use of force cases. I highly recommend this course, and I am looking forward to more training presented by Critical Incident Review!
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Statement from Dr. Edward Geiselman, Ph.D.

Sgt. Jamie Borden (ret.) and CIR are the first and only professional entity in law enforcement, to my knowledge, who has formally merged an Officer involved use-of-force interview checklist with the cognitive interview protocol. The resulting composite protocol, along with C.I.R’s companion class, are clearly at the leading edge of what we know about how to effectively and fairly interview officers after critical incidents. The CI approach has been funded and championed by both sides of the aisle in congress, and observers rate this approach as most transparent. The checklist compiled by Sgt. Jamie Borden is based upon years of both field, legalistic and practitioners experience in this domain. It is my opinion that every investigator tasked with conducting interviews after Officer-Involved critical incidents should attend the Certification Course offered by CIR it’s a win-win-win approach to conducting these more difficult and sensitive interviews. We need to learn what there is to learn from each incident, and this approach provides the best-practice means to achieve that goal.

Dr. Edward Geiselman, Ph.D.
11 May 2023
General Force Investigations
As an experienced investigator, a national investigations trainer and a court certified expert witness I have been directly involved in or analyzed and evaluated scores of use-of-force investigations. Not surprisingly, a dominant mantra I consistentl...
11 May 2023
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10 May 2023
Policy Application in Use of Force
Articles generate thought, thoughts provoke discussions, discussions catalyze improvement. This commentary highlights some points from the article, "Lessons on Leadership ~ Making the worst ship in the Navy the best ship" (Abrashoff, 2022) linked bel...
19 May 2022
Police Training
How do we best extrapolate training from the video evidence of a critical incident?  Simply stated, when we review a video and we do not have all of the facts and data regarding why the behavior we see is unfolding, we "critique" the actions of ...

The CIR Team has logged thousands of hours of continued and focused education in the field of Human Behavioral Sciences as it relates to law enforcement and has also logged thousands of hours of documented instruction time with multiple law enforcement entities as instructors, lecturers and authors.