The Certification Course: Investigative Strategies & Cognitive Interview class is scheduled for: April 6th-8th, 2021 - August 3rd-5th, 2021 - November 9th-11th, 2021
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What is the “Certification” & what is the process? Successful completion of this integrated course will result in certification in Investigative Analysis of an Officer Involved Critical Incident and the Cognitive Interview Process.

The certification process involves a combination of classroom instruction, practical application exercises, group participation and written tests. The program is designed to help students develop a thorough, real-world understanding of the skills and concepts being taught in this program in a fashion that allows them to apply that knowledge in a variety of ways. Students who successfully complete this program will have demonstrated, in real-time, a level of proficiency that can be immediately applied to their work.
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Sgt. Jamie Borden

Jamie Borden - CIR, Founder

Force Investigations Specialist, Court Certified Expert.

P.O.S.T. certified in 1997, a police veteran of a large Police Department in Nevada, Sergeant Jamie Borden was tasked with the creation and implementation of the “Use of Force Training and Analysis Unit” for the agency. The unit was created specifically to identify and analyze police performance issues related to police use-of-force and police training.

In addition to successfully completing the Certification in Force Analysis course from the Force Science Institute, Borden was also the first person in the world to complete the Advanced Force Science Specialist Program created by the Institute holding that Certification independently for nearly three years.

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Sgt. Jamie Borden

Jamie is court certified as an expert in the Following Topics: Controversial Use of Force, Police Performance Dynamics, Forensic Video Examination, Officer/subject movement dynamics, Controversial Officer-Involved Shootings, and Attentional Issues related to Officer Involved Critical Incidents, Police Training and Police Policy, Procedure and Practice .

Sgt. Borden is currently lecturing for C.I.R. and with the Force Science Institute, training & Lecturing officers nationwide in Police Performance and dynamics related to force encounters and decision-making as applicable to the law enforcement profession.

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Dr. Paul Taylor

Assistant Professor - University of Colorado, Denver

Dr. Paul Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver where he studies decision making and human error in the context of use-of-force encounters. He is also a Senior Instructor and Course Coordinator for the Force Science Institute.

Dr. Taylor has over ten years of practical law enforcement experience including time as a department training manager, patrol sergeant, field training officer, and use-of-force instructor. He is a Colorado POST certified train-the-trainer and an IADLEST Certified Instructor. Dr. Taylor has delivered law enforcement instruction for academy, field training, and advanced in-service audiences as well as graduate and undergraduate level courses in both classroom and online formats.

He is actively engaged in law enforcement research and training across the United States and regularly presents at both academic and practitioner conferences.

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Sgt. Jamie Borden (ret.) and Dr. Paul Taylor, Ph.D. are the first and only professionals in law enforcement, to my knowledge, who have 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, and Dr. Paul Taylor is based upon their years of both field, legalistic and research 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 Sgt. Jamie Borden and Dr. Paul Taylor – 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.

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.