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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center; annotated edition edition (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594392439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594392436
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I Commend and thank Miller for writing this important addition to the literature related to violence and law enforcement." (Alain Burrese, J.D., former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, author)

"Know your rights and your duties as a citizen…Read this book." (Wim Demeere, martial artist, author)

"In an entertaining and informative way, Miller explains how and why police apply force." (Steve Perry, 40-year martial artist and bestselling author of the Matador series and Net Force series books)

"Understand the world police officers must live in, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week." (George Mattson, martial artists, author)

About the Author

Rory Miller former Sergeant, has been studying martial arts since 1981. He's a best-selling writer and a veteran corrections officer. He's taught and designed courses on Use of Force Policy and Decision Making, Police Defensive Tactics, Confrontational Simulations, and he has led and trained his former agency's Corrections Tactical Team. Recently, he taught how to run a modern, safe, and secure prison at the Iraqi Corrections Systems, Iraq. Rory Miller resides near Portland, Oregon.



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Great book to see a cop's prospective.
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I enjoy the not only his writing style but the way he explains and relays the information to the reader.
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Rory Miller brings his vast expertise and wisdom to his new book, Force Decision: A Citizen's Guide.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
A couple years ago my neighbor pointed a loaded shotgun at a SWAT team. They didn't kill him; didn't even pull the trigger, but rather talked him into surrendering. That same day, about two hours later, a driver pointed a loaded handgun at a State Patrol officer who had pulled him over. That guy died in a hail of gunfire. Which, naturally, leads one to wonder why? Why did officers use lethal force in one situation and not another?

Police officers go to work every day knowing that they may be forced to make split second, life-or-death decisions. These decisions are subsequently scrutinized by review boards and editorial boards as well as in the courts, both that of public opinion as well as (oftentimes) the law. Citizens who witness or read about violent incidents are often confused, even dismayed by the officers' use of force decisions, even when their actions are perfectly lawful and justified. This, I believe, is why this book was written. It helps readers understand why and how police make force decisions by leading them through the same type of training that rookie officers learn at their academy. Here's how it is laid out:

Section 1 (training) explains policies and laws. It examines use of force, how to define a threat, and the difference between excessive force and unnecessary force.

Section 2 (checks and balances) explains how an officer's decisions are examined after a critical incident.

Section 3 (experience) explores how officers see the world. It helps readers better understand the officers decision-making process.

Section 4 (about you) reviews what you should have learned. The perspective shifts from that of an officer to that of a suspect, helping you know how to behave when faced by an officer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Currie on June 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's not often you'll come across a book that is so timely, but in this case Force Decisions was written for today's American (and beyond). As a high school nurse with over 2,300 students and being a Neighborhood Watch Liaison so much of this information applies to situations that I encounter on a daily basis. Too often I see others observe our school's Resource Officer as the bad guy trying to 'bust' yet another student. This book spelled out clearly that it's NOT about the officers vs. the bad guys --- it's the bad guys vs. the victims. If we as citizens simply do nothing, we are confirming to criminals that we accept the situation just as it is and it's just fine to not get involved...it's the victims that have to endure the consequences as best they can.
Think about it, when our senses are drawn to something disturbing it might be observing the police officers 'duty to act' and we have no idea what transpired a couple moments before. What might be a once in a lifetime scenario for us, is probably a common occurrence to most officers who are trained day in and out on various situations they might encounter.
The author lists The Hard Truths about civilians vs. the bad guys. Communities should not react only when a crime involves them - they should be prepared to help their neighbors by keeping an eye out when they see something questionable and expect to help out the officer. This idea of not wanting to get involved needs to stop when you have a group of officers that you can trust to make sound decisions using a wealth of tactics at their fingertips.
Excellent read for every citizen wanting to live in a safer environment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dolores L. Sparrow on May 13, 2012
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Rory Miller brings his vast expertise and wisdom to his new book, Force Decision: A Citizen's Guide. As I read this book, its tone reminds me of the first scene in each of the 1980s TV show, Hill Street Blues: "Let's be careful out there!" In today's environment, with so many states allowing you to `stand your ground', the older version of withdraw whenever possible in the face of danger is becoming passé. Miller gives ample reasons for citizens to follow the latter decision: the psychological price being one of the most compelling. And law enforcement professionals who must rush into a deadly encounter, whereas most citizens would run away, pay the same heavy emotional price. For one moment of blazing glory, the aftermath is difficult to deal with, and Miller brings this home clearly. The author emphasizes the Three Golden Rules and applies them so the reader can understand the mindset of the majority of officers who are doing their job every day. To me, the first rule tells it all: "You and your partners go home safely at the end of each and every shift." Miller explains how an officer's decisions to use particular levels of force make this possible and are largely the result of an officer's training and past experiences.
The reader is invited to consider the training of law enforcement professionals: how they are honed into the officers we count on every day. Nor can we overlook the author's clearly detailed stress and instant decision-making by officers, which are then often criticized by the everyday citizen. After reading this book, the reader should be clearly aware of the very fine line each officer under fire must consider: Will his or her level of force result in a lawsuit?
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