Bystanders in Blue: Exploring the Dynamics of Law Enforcement Action or Inaction

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 21, 2022

Maureen Evans
Maureen Evans
Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Ret.)
Wendy Patrick
Wendy Patrick, JD, PhD
Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

Keith Reid
Keith Reid
Sergeant (Ret.), Metropolitan Police Department

Mike Schentrup
Mike Schentrup
Captain, Gainesville Police Department (Ret.)
Owner/ Lead Trainer of Advanced Police Concepts

In every case involving the use of force by law enforcement, questions arise regarding the actions or inaction of other officers on the scene. This program will explore the issue of law enforcement bystander intervention, and the practical factors that complicate the analysis on a case-by-case basis. It will cover the role of police policies and procedures, practical considerations on the ground in the heat of the moment and present a combination of scientific and experiential evidence regarding the physical and cognitive dynamics in play when officers are confronted with potentially deadly threats on the job.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Examine the different types of policies and procedures that govern police use of force.
  • Identify categories of calls for service that are likely to involve a high probability of the necessity to use force.
  • Recognize the psychological components of police bystander intervention.
  • Explore the extent to which level of experience factors into the response of law enforcement bystander witnesses.
  • Determine the ways in which the legal system analyzes the liability or responsibility of police bystanders.

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