Use of Force Expert Witness

Dr. Chuck J. Rylant is a court-recognized expert witness in use-of-force, self-defense, strangulation, and human performance factors. 

He has earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and conducted his dissertation research titled Decisions Under Pressure: Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Police Use of Force.

Dr. Rylant is a retired police officer/detective, S.W.A.T. member, and P.O.S.T. certified department firearms, baton, chemical agents, and arrest and control (ARCON) trainer. 

He is currently a police academy master ARCON and use-of-force instructor, as well as an advanced Force Science Specialist. 

He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt instructor for law enforcement and civilians and a best-selling author of Shots Fired: The Psychology Behind Officer Involved Shootings.  

Areas of expertise:

  • Law enforcement use of force
  • Civilian self-defense
  • Arrest and control (ARCON)
  • Deadly force encounters
  • Strangulation / carotid restraint
  • Fight or flight response
  • Decision making under stress
  • Firearm attacks
  • Knife attacks

Some of Dr. Rylant’s qualifications include:

  • Court qualified use of force expert witness
  • P.O.S.T. academy use of force instructor
  • P.O.S.T. academy ARCON instructor
  • P.O.S.T. certified firearms instructor
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt
  • Master L.A.P.D. Arrest & Control instructor
  • Advance Force Science Specialist
  • Certified Force Science Analysist 
  • #1 best selling author of Shots Fired: The Psychology Behind Officer Involved Shootings
  • California P.O.S.T. advanced certificate
  • Former SWAT member

Download professional CV here