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Chris Lawrence

Police Research Lab Affiliate, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

Chris Lawrence is a retired instructor (2017) having trained police officers at one of North America’s largest police training facilities where his experience included police skills and procedures, specializing in Defensive Tactics, Officer Safety, and Firearms. Chris began his police career in 1979 as a foot patrol officer in a small department. In 1983 he joined a major police service where his assignments included General Patrol, Booking Officer, Underwater Search & Recovery, Marine Patrol, Tactical & Rescue Unit, Criminal Investigation Bureau and Training.

Chris’ police training experience began in 1983 and includes training related to his assignments as well as 4 years as adjunct faculty at the College level and over 25 years as a consultant to security and police services. He became a full-time police instructor in 1996. Chris has a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in British Columbia, was a Technical Advisor to the Force Science Institute, and a former instructor on the Force Science Certification Course. Chris was also seconded to a national research entity as a research project manager for nearly 3 years. He has consulted as an expert at the local, state, national, and international level and testified in Canada and the US regarding police use of force events; police training, practices, and procedures; subject control; officer involved shootings; and sudden in-custody deaths.