Force LMS commercially available to validate use of force, pursuits and training
Jan. 15, 2016
Livonia, Mich. — Lacking adequate processes and tools, law enforcement and governmental agencies struggle to track, validate and report information about use of force, training and pursuits.
“We simply must improve the way we collect and analyze data to see the true nature of what’s happening in all of our communities,” said FBI Director James Comey. “How can we address concerns about officer-involved shootings if we do not have a reliable grasp on the demographics and circumstances of those incidents?”
The answer is Force LMS.
Force Liability Management Solution was developed by AM Data Service, a software development and IT managed service company in concert with Center Mass, a law enforcement training organization specializing in liability reduction. Both companies are located in Livonia, Mich.
The software streamlines the way law enforcement agencies document, analyze and report uses of force, pursuits and training. The software facilitates training and policy improvements so the optimal devices and techniques are used to ensure success.
Force LMS tracks every use of force, including suspects’ demographics; where it happened and under which conditions; which technique departments are using most and how effective each technique is; what unit and which officers use force most often.
For pursuits, it tracks the average speed, time and distance traveled before pursuits end; most successful technique to end pursuits; number ending in crashes and injuries and how often pursued drivers are intoxicated.
All training is documented, cataloged, and sorted into granular detail including hours, subjects, instructor, rounds fired and with which weapons.
“Liability issues? Wash those down the drain,” said Lt. Richard Denison of the Wexford County Sheriff’s Office in northern Michigan. Wexford received an early version of the software for free in exchange for feedback. “Now that we have data in the system, I’m shocked at how powerful it is. It does more than I ever expected it would. You can take Force LMS as big as you want or as small as you want. You make it work for you and your agency.”
Effective Jan. 15, 2016, Force LMS is available for all law enforcement agencies to purchase.
“The information it creates allows us to review if we have a training issue,” Denison said. “Or do we need to have more training with equipment? What uses of force are we utilizing? Handgun, Taser, impact weapons, hands-on or pepper spray?”
Force LMS provides quantifiable data that allows agencies to make informed decisions to improve training, equipment and policy that is focused on increasing citizen and officer safety and decreasing liability.
Police agencies are generally slow to change or evolve their training, equipment and policies simply because they don’t have the information they need to validate what is working and what isn’t.
“If they had this critical information, I assure you they would change things a whole lot faster than what happens in today’s police departments,” said Jeff Felts, Center Mass CEO. “In my opinion, that is part of why some African Americans are so upset with law enforcement today. Force LMS offers a solution for the cops and for citizens who feel disenfranchised. That solution lays in data and the use of analytics that can sort, funnel and provide detailed answers immediately about an agency, units or individual’s uses of force.
“It’s going to be enlightening for the law enforcement profession and the public when we finally start using facts based on past performance as a basis to improve future use-of-force and pursuit training, equipment and policy.”
Citizens are demanding change and accountability the same way that officers are looking for improvements in training and perception. All of these demands are fulfilled by Force LMS.
For more information, go to http://dev.forcelms.com/.
Tracey Birkenhauer, AM Data Service, Inc.
Brian Wojcik, Center Mass, Inc.