Moving Forward with Minneapolis: Ethical Use of Force and Tactics – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 7:30am – 12:00pm PST

In Collaboration with Odd Squad Productions and the Law Enforcement Training Association

Odd Squad Productions is a charitable organization comprised of serving and retired police officers and volunteers.  It is recognized as an international leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth.

The Law Enforcement Training Association a registered not for profit agency dedicated to improving training for law enforcement. LETA offers a variety of training and certification programs for law enforcement and other organizations in need of tactical or self-defence training.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Login: 7:00am PST

Session: 7:30 – 12:00 pm PST


Ticket pricing: $99 USD for single tickets (up to 4 purchased).

For groups of 5 – 30 attendees, we are offering a flat fee of $399 USD.

(An email will be sent closer to the event date giving details of the Zoom Link to join this session.  Please look out for this and check your spam in case it goes in there by mistake)

Law Enforcement officers in the United States and Canada are bearing the outrage for a totally preventable loss of life with George Floyd. Tune in to hear from Canada’s top use of force experts on the real facts on the use of force by police in North America, the gaps that exist in use of force training, management responsibility and ways to improve force options training. This forum is presenting top-caliber use of force experts with international training experience to not only interactively discuss the issues but also provide solutions for police agencies that can help prevent these incidents from happening.

This Remote Training Session with top experts on policing and use of force will cover:

  • Personal response as a police expert to the George Floyd incident
  • The impact of media coverage
  • What do we know about police use of force in Canada and the US?
  • What don’t we know about police use of force?
  • Questions not asked by the media and why they matter
  • Optics of striking vs. controlling (Police Judo)
  • Need for simple single and tandem tactics
  • The relationship between ethics and control
  • How research is helping to improve use of force training in Canada
  • Dangers of gadget reliance
  • Driving evolution in use of force training
  • How to understand and talk about use of force statistics
  • Common use-of-force fails (how to correct them)
  • How police can do better with research
  • The role of independent oversight
  • Why this type of incident will likely happen again
  • Why now is the best time to influence change in police training

Our presenters have over 120 combined years of law enforcement experience and use of force training.


Joel Johnston

Joel is a retired 28-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department (CANADA) with a background in Patrol, Foot Patrol, Crowd Control and Traffic Enforcement. He spent 20 years specializing in Force-related training & program development, and Emergency Response (ERT).  He served 9 years as Use of Force Coordinator, 5 years as operational Squad Leader of one of four fulltime ERT (SWAT) squads and 2 years as the Training Coordinator for ERT.  He was seconded to the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General as Provincial Use of Force and Municipal Emergency Response Teams (SWAT) Coordinator from 2005 – 2011. Joel began presenting at ASLET in 1993, 95, 97, 2001 and at ILEETA in 2012 and 2017. He has served on multiple National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Canadian Police Research Center (CPRC) Working Groups – including Tactical Operations, Less Lethal Weapons, Vascular Neck Restraint, Conducted Energy Weapons and Excited Delirium Syndrome. He is the Principal of Joel Johnston Consulting Inc® in Vancouver, BC, he is a private training coach, consultant and Use of Force Subject Matter Expert. He has been retained in 74 use of force cases, and given testimony across Canada to all levels of Courts, Hearings, Inquests and Inquiries.

Brad Fawcett

Sgt. Fawcett is currently working as the Sgt. i/c of Research for a BC Police Agency.

He is a court-recognized use-of-force and non-firearms prohibited weapons expert. He has provided opinion evidence in Coroners Inquests, civil trials, criminal trials up to an including the Supreme Court of British Columbia, labour relations hearings, and a commission of inquiry.

Sgt. Fawcett has an extensive resume related to use of force. Some of the skills he can provide are well suited to the FOTU dedicated research project. He has a familiar/working relationship with Police Services Division, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC), and the Independent Investigation Office of BC (IIO BC). He has a working relationship with RCMP and has developed manuals and courses from conception through provincial approval. He has been a sessional instructor at a post-secondary institution where he has instructed Ethics for a Law Enforcement Environment and was the Canadian director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers (IAET) for ten years.

Sgt. Fawcett is familiar with requirements for program to be “court defensible” and works closely with academia in validating training and course development.

Dr. Garth Davies

Dr. Garth Davies is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is the Associate Director of the Institute of Violence, Terrorism, and Security at SFU. His predominant area of expertise is advanced statistical analysis. Dr. Davies has been involved with numerous policing-based research projects, and is the author or co-author of dozens of reports and articles related to policing and public safety. His previous work has focused on policing disorderly crowds and riots. At present, he is working on a multi-year analysis of police use of force. Dr. Davies has presented findings to police leaders and municipal councils. He has also presented at dozens of national and international conferences, including the Western Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Society of Criminology. He has also presented at briefings for the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (“E” Division), the Canadian Security Intelligence Services, and Public Safety Canada, and has testified on national security issues in front of both the Canadian Parliament, as well as the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense. Dr. Davies earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.

Tom Stamatakis
President, Canadian Police Association

Tom Stamatakis graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1986 with a diploma in Administrative Management, Personnel and Industrial Relations and has lived in Vancouver ever since. He joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1990, and completed the Peace Officers Basic Training program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in August of that year.

He began taking a more active role in the Vancouver Police Union (VPU) in April, 1997 when he was first elected to the VPU Board. He became Vice-President in 1998 and the Acting President in 1999. He was acclaimed as President of the VPU in 2000 and has served there since.

Mr. Stamatakis has been a forceful and passionate advocate on behalf of front-line police officers at the local, provincial and federal level, and has served as the Vice President of the Canadian Police Association since 2005. Mr. Stamatakis also serves as President of the British Columbia Police Association (BCPA).

Al Arsenault (B.Sc., B.Ed., M.S.M.)

Al Arsenault served 27 years with the Vancouver Police Department with his final year spent walking the Skid Road beat as ‘Police Officer of the Year’. Highly decorated and innovative, Al also co-created both Odd Squad and Police Judo to wide acclaim. He has lectured and taught seminars on topics related to these organizations (drugs, weapons, tactical communications, police use of force) in Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China). Al is a life-long martial artist with extensive street policing experience in the rough part of town, as well as in undercover and surveillance work. Control tactics has been one of his specialties along with non-firearm prohibited weapons and street weapons. He is the author of the popular martial arts book Chin Na in Ground Fighting (2003) and the soon-to-be-published Comprehensive Joint Locking Techniques for Law Enforcement (the first of a series of books on Police Judo).

John Daly (Moderator)

John Daly spent 40 years as a reporter, assignment editor, newscast producer, and talk show host. He was on general assignment specializing in crime & investigations of scams, cover-ups, government & agency incompetence, and official malfeasance. John likes breaking stories, like the sudden plea bargain of one of the Surrey Six murderers, and the simultaneous (caught on camera!) takedown of notorious gangster Jamie Bacon. Born in New York City, his hometown has been Vancouver since the mid 70’s. Daly has attended CUNY, York, and UBC, and is a active member of IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors). He’s taught interviewing techniques and investigative reporting at BCIT and UBC Continuing Education, and is frequently an invited speaker for professional organizations and conferences on the demands of the news media, and where news is headed.

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