Use of Force

The primary objective of this Use of Force (UOF) Course is to prepare law enforcement officers to understand and implement the Use of Force policy developed by the Washington State Office of the Attorney General (or consistent department’s UOF policy). Students will learn the methodology required to deliver the 24-hour UOF Training successfully.

Law Enforcement Officers have come under intense pressure in recent years to prioritize employing de-escalation techniques in forced encounters. 

Best practices in de-escalation sometimes translate into a complete success, or it is not feasible. 

For example, officers often deal with Acute Behavioral Disturbances. During this course, officers will learn quickly to recognize that someone is suffering from a possible medical condition to intervene and provide care when safe and feasible successfully.

This course will also cover Team Tactics and Techniques designed to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom previously. Drills will consist of force options selected to control and modulate force reasonably and necessary with proportionality appropriately.

Finally, the course will include a section on UOF report writing and the importance of understanding human factors, decision-making, and memory issues affecting officers’ reports or statements.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis.

Rich Peterson (Use of Force Program Manager), Ciara Colon (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 786-8951

Who can attend our classes?

Certified law enforcement and corrections. 

Required Equipment

  • Utility belt
  • Blue gun (mock blue gun)

Dress Code

Comfortable Training Attire


RCW 10.120.010

Your Department Use of Force Policy

AG Model Policy


Classes will be held from 0800 - 1700 Hours


The deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class.  Send an email to to cancel your registration. 

Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status Cost
6239-1 Use of Force (UOF) Instructor Course 4/10/2023 - 4/12/2023
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Washington State Patrol Academy
631 West Dayton Airport Road
Shelton, WA 98584
Open $300
6239-2 Use of Force (UOF) Instructor Course 4/18/2023 - 4/20/2023
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center
327 East Penny Road
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Open $300
6239-3 Use of Force (UOF) Instructor Course 5/31/2023 - 6/2/2023
Class Hours:
0800 - 1700
Spokane Police Regional Training Center
2302 North Waterworks Street
Spokane, WA 98823
Open $300