1. Information

Potential complexities surrounding the grounding of a subject by law enforcement and correctional officers often require delicately balancing legal, tactical, and medical considerations. This webinar provides discussions of detailed considerations of this topic,
highlighting real-world examples and case law to illustrate the potential risks and consequences associated with grounding methods, techniques, and consequences.

1. Instruction and Context Setting
  • Brief overview of grounding a subject and its significance in law enforcement and correctional settings.
  • Emphasize the importance of understanding the legal, tactical, and medical dimensions of grounding to reasonably mitigate risks.
2. Legal Foundations of Grounding
  • Exploring the concepts of reasonable suspicion, arguable reasonable suspicion, probable cause, and arguable probable cause and its role in justifying grounding actions.
  • Highlighting key distinctions between grounding and other aspects of physical capture and control, such as prone positioning, restraint, and handcuffing.
3. Case Studies and Real-world Examples
  • Analyzing specific incidents where grounding techniques resulted in severe injuries or fatalities.
  • Examining selected relevant case law to understand the legal ramifications and precedents surrounding such incidents.
4. Policy and Training Considerations
  • Discussing the importance of clear and consistent grounding policies within law enforcement and correctional agencies.
  • Highlighting grounding training programs considerations.
5. Tactical Approaches to Grounding
  • Exploring different tactics and techniques used in grounding, including the "3 D's" of grounding.
  • Addressing the types of resistance officers may encounter and strategies for reasonably managing them.
6. Medical Concerns and Foreseeable Risks
  • Awareness of potential medical complications associated with grounding and other forms of physical trauma.
  • Emphasizing the importance of recognizing and responding to medical emergencies during grounding actions.
7. Virtual Breakout Session and Q & A
  • Participant engagement through interactive discussions and case-based scenarios.
  • Opportunities for attendees to ask questions and seek clarification on specific aspects of grounding.

DATE: Thursday, June 20, 2024

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PDT (Noon in New York)

FACILITATORS: Michael Brave, J.D. and Darrell L. Ross, Ph.D. Mr. Brave has extensive litigation consulting experience and will provide insight into the potential legal, medical, and sometimes career-ending outcomes of grounding. Dr. Ross, Department Chair of Criminal Justice at Valdosta University, and an internationally renown researcher, will discuss training and tactical considerations associated with the grounding of individuals.

TUITION: $49 per person for IPICD members; $75 per person for non-members. Tuition includes instruction and certificate.