View On Demand (Recorded February 21, 2024)

Humans are predictive creatures. We rely on previous experience and the information we bring to any event. And officers are no different. Their experiences, their training, and the information they have about an incident all prime how they will react in that situation. Priming can cause officers to “see” and “know” things about the incident or the subject, rather than relying on facts and observations. 

This webinar will explore the role priming plays in policing outcomes. Just as important, we will explore how use of force investigations often fail to account for context and therefore miss the opportunity to help the agency learn from the incident. And, we will discuss a different model – adaptive decision-making – that supports officers in making decisions in complex situations.

You’ll learn:  

  • Why decision-making is much more than just a response to a stimulus.

  • Why adaptive decision-making is essential to reducing undesirable policing outcomes.

  • Cultural and training paradigm shifts needed to support adaptive decision-making.

  • How to incorporate an understanding of priming to enhance accountability and build learning organizations.

Note: This webinar is designed to expand upon the principles presented in our previous webinar, Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening? Insight vs. Hindsight, which is available on demand.

Presented by:

Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli
Program Manager, Lexipol

Laura Scarry
Partner, DeAno and Scarry

Paul Taylor, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 
University of Colorado Denver 


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