Police Executive Research Forum’s Do Nothing Standards

By John Farnam

Police Executive Research Forum
Police Executive Research Forum
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is ostensibly and organization made up of “police executives” who seek to “improve policing.”

In my opinion, it is little more than a police-hating, leftist-front, dedicated only to advancing leftist politics.

PERF recently published a list of thirty new “standards” with regard to police use of deadly force, which they are currently promoting.

The stated goal is to “reduce police shootings,” justified or not! For example, they want police to be absolutely prohibited from shooting at moving cars, unless someone in the car is shooting at them. So, when an officer is about to be crushed to death by a violent murderer driving a car, he may not shoot the driver through the windshield in order to save his own life. He is required to simply allow himself to be murdered, rather than defend himself.

Thus, police shooting are “reduced!”

Curiously, in publishing these suggested “standards,” PERF cites no supporting research, except their own “study.” On the committee who wrote the standards, there are no street cops and no subject-matter experts, just “executives.”

Worst of all, these “standards” are all outcome-based (sometimes called “ prophecy-based”). It is a leftist staple, and here is what that means:

They contend that all “poor choices” made by police officers are Constitutionally impermissible. Well, how do we know that choices made by responding officers were poor ones? We know, because there was a “bad outcome,” eg: a violent felon is killed by police gunfire. Had “better choices” been made, they naively assume no one would have been hurt. Officers should have known in advance, should have been able to precisely predict the future.

So, any time there is a “bad outcome,” involved officers must all be prosecuted, because they are assumed to have made “poor choices,” and thus automatically “violated policy.”

The beauty of “doing nothing” is that it can always be done perfectly! No one can ever find fault in the “way” you did nothing. As soon as you step forward to act, as police are paid and expected to do, someone (in the aftermath) will point out where you could have done it better! According to PERF, where there was (at least in theory) a “better way,” then the officer involved needs to be prosecuted for his failure to be perfect!

You can see what a can of worms this is!

Our officers will thus be encouraged to “do nothing” and “take no action.” In fact, they are threatened with prosecution when they take any action that leads to a “bad outcome,” which is always assumed to be prima-fascia evidence of their falling short of perfection!

I have scant patience with these leftist clowns! Their self-representation of “moral superiority” is merely cowardice, masquerading as “piety.”

“All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.”



About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

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Check out the educated negro chimpess in that video ! LMFAO !


YAY! For police reform. Police = the biggest most deadliest and racist gang in the USA


You’re that lesbian ain’t ya ? Thought so !


Don’t forget that this outfit is an outgrowth of the International Association of Chiefs of Police which went bankrupt back in the 1980s because of the financial misconduct and incompetence of the leadership of the IACP of that time. But not to worry, because along came Sarah Brady who offered to “bail them out” with a large infusion of cash IF THEY AGREED TO SING THE GUN CONTROL ANTHEM THAT SHE WROTE FOR THEM FROM THEN ON. All they had to do was accept her handout. To make a long story short, they took her money and have been taking… Read more »


“Our officers will thus be encouraged to “do nothing” and “take no action.” Police don’t have to do anything. You cannot sue police for failing to respond to any call. They can stand around and watch while a family is axe murdered. If Farnam is supposed to be one of the top trainers out there, his level of legal knowledge is poor. You can tell he was never in the military. Farnam trains tons of cops, so advancing the criminal police state is to his economic advantage. Farnam sounds like the cop lovers in Illinois that made excuses when NRA… Read more »


I blame weak parenting. Yes, you read that correctly…weak parenting of the next generation. I’m not saying we should beat our kids into submission…but I am suggesting we guide them, and discipline as necessary, and in a spirit of humility and love. Teaching basic principles of selflessness, respect for others and for those in authority, is critical for the next generation to succeed. Unfortunately, our “me-based” society has been bred by lazy, selfish parents who are teaching the next generation their “rights”, how to “work the system”, and trying to be their child’s friend, as opposed to their parent. Those… Read more »


Rather than blanket assumptions and criticisms, do a simple search of YouTube for the homeless guy in Arizona who was shot in the groin by a cop with a shotgun. Look at the video of the intoxicated 65 year old fat guy who was 20 feet away from police, yet yielding a straight razor – and was shot dead, Look at the video’s of cops shooting family pets and even service animals. Look at the video in Michigan of the 17 year old kid who was improperly tazed and then shot because he would not give the officer his license… Read more »

Wild Bill

Hmmm. old intoxicated fat guy with a straight razor with in 20 feet. So far that adds up to a good shoot. But more is needed. Was the guy with the deadly weapon threatening anyone? Did the guy with the deadly weapon within attacking distance follow or refuse the police’s lawful orders? Did the police issue lawful orders? Did they have time?
You are right about the blanket assumptions and criticisms!


I can’t disagree with you Jim…unfortunately there’s bad apples in every organization. With that said, there’s always three sides to a story…your side, my side, and the truth. What I find interesting is that every time I’ve been respectful to authority, it’s rewarded me. Every time I’ve been disrespectful to authority, it’s come back to bite me. Do what they ask. Don’t lie to them. If you’re caught speeding or DWI, or trespassing or worse, take your lumps, pay your fines, and do something to get on the right life-track! Don’t bum-rush a cop and expect to live. Don’t get… Read more »


20 feet, you can cover that distance in 1.5 seconds.

Grey Beard

In my case which was established during live fire training, the distance is a measured 23 feet. Any closer the guy with the knife get me.


Sounds like the same level of intelligence that spawned this:


You can’t make that stuff up!!


Consider who the leaders of PERF are:
Chief J. Scott Thomson, Camden County (NJ) Police Department
Vice President
Chief Thomas Manger, Montgomery County (MD) Police Department
Chief Robert White, Denver Police Department

Member At Large – Elected
Chief Daniel Oates, Miami Beach Police Department

Member At Large – Appointed

Chief Chris Magnus, Tucson Police Department
Member At Large – Appointed
Chief Janeé Harteau, Minneapolis Police Department

Pistol Pete

The police are getting the raw deal because of the black men in this country who don’t know how to behave like civilized people, and the brain dead liberals and the black leaders in this country don’t want to face the problem because it would look bad for the black people in America. The liberal and black leaders are saying just let them murder, rape , rob, steal or any other crime they feel like doing, but don’t you dare touch them because they have the right to do it because they are black. Black men in America do 85… Read more »


I think that if you took Mr. Farnams course you should take out lots of insurance because “based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat” will get you into a lawsuit faster than you can spit.

Grey Beard

After considerable legal, firearms, and much more, training in POST and further legal and firearms instruction, including live fire and experimentation I can for a Fact tell you that, YES you do train so that you DO know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it when faced with “an imminent and unlawful lethal threat” so that I survive. You learn to live in Condition Yellow, recognize and avoid “dangerous or hazardous” situations when possible, and generally live a safe and successful life. Most people go through life without encountering that “lethal threat” and that is… Read more »


I believe your assessment of PERF is correct, sir. As a retired “management level” law enforcement officer I have seen it first hand. They are people who have never been in a critical incident, they’ve never worked the really tough neighborhoods, they just pushed papers, took courses, and took tests to get promoted. So only in their minds do they know anything about how any critical incident – much less a shooting incident – should be handled. Most of the ones I’ve met would simply fill up their trousers if confronted with an actual violent “bad guy”. But that’s just… Read more »


Mikey ; Your assessment is correct. If anyone who has been around for awhile can attest seeing violence on TV ( i.e. Belgium) it’s just after action and we get all the news media getting their 15 minutes of fame by PROFESSIONALY telling us what the think. When it hits home , and it will, then the pacifiist will either man up or die.

Joe Public

Oh yeah, let’s talk about DUTY.

Remember during the LA riots, the cops stood down instead of enforcing the law against those rioters who were destroying all sorts of businesses in South Central LA?

I’m just so enthralled about the Police Officer’s sense of Duty, I just get a tear in my eye every time.

Wild Bill

I do remember the LA riots. I was there. I helped guard what is called the “Federal Building”at 300 N. Los Angeles St. (Actually the building is owned by the LAPD union and only rented by the Feds. But we have a lot of federal agencies there. It is right by the Metopolitan Detention Center and a half block from Parker Center, but I digress.) The LAPD and LASO were so out manned that they had to back off until the National Guard got there. Then we formed, as much as possible, fed-local-NastyGuard teams and went back in to protect… Read more »


I have a better idea. How about we take the guns away from the police officers. Then they will not have the option to shoot and it will be a safer place criminals.


Sounds to me like the Dept. of Defense helped draw up the guidelines. Let me rephrase that The DOD Lawyers are now running the show. All the police need is a pencil and a legal pad to write up the after action report?


In law enforcement in general you must not only be willing to lay down your life you must be willing to lay down your employment as well in order to do the right thing. The right thing is less popular now than since the 90s when we went thru this last pendulum swing. At the end you must look at yourself


You forgot to mention that there is no training cost for doing nothing and it should take no effort to do nothing. The only price of doing nothing is a dead or maimed cop or two and the perp continues his criminal activity. Everybody wins. Except those with a conscience and the victims.

Don’t you just love socialism, communism, and liberal bullshit!