Meet Roy Bedard, Ph.D.
Roy Bedard has worked within the public safety sector for over twenty eight years, traveling throughout the nation and abroad providing training and expertise to police, corrections, military and civilian audiences with RRB Systems, International. This unique global training experience has provided a framework for understanding how law enforcement, prison services and security practices are conducted in different places and under different conditions. Mr. Bedard has seen first hand how policies are developed, shaped and carried out in a variety of geographical and political climates to address a variety of situations.
Dr. Bedard has a bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. He has a master's degree and doctoral degree from the Florida State University in Educational Psychology with a focus on decision-making, perpetual-cognitive skills and human performance under stress.
As a consultant, Dr. Bedard has done extensive training, policy development and project management for law enforcement, corrections and security organizations. He consults to the media giving advice on television productions and analyzing unfolding law enforcement events to newspapers, magazine, public radio and internet radio. His commentary has appeared on ABC, CBS, NPR, USA Today and a variety of police related websites and hardcopy periodicals. Mr. Bedard is a listed subject matter expert by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and works closely with the Standards and Training Commission to develop curriculum for law enforcement officers in the State of Florida. He is on the expert panel of PoliceOne.com and provides expert analysis to attorneys in both criminal and civil actions across the United States.
Dr.. Bedard provides expertise is in assessing the validity and reasonableness of police use of force and police procedure. Having served as an expert in both civil and criminal cases in State and Federal court, he has experience in objectively looking at use of force transactions and giving an analysis that is supported by sound facts and legal parameters. Though the intentional use of force by police is an imperfect science, he applies rules based on law, policy and precedent to render his opinions. The decisions that police make, the tools that they use, and the application of their techniques are all part of a system of integrated methodologies that fall within a framework of recognized standards.
WHY ROY BEDARD
Dr. Bedard has been retained to review over 300 cases, draft reports, and testify to the actions of police, corrections and security in a variety of use of force encounters. He is personally connected to many law enforcement product manufacturers and trainers in the US and has taken the time to follow new technologies, initiate new products and training concepts and to understand the possibilities and restrictions in subject control. He is competent to speak to both non-lethal and lethal force encounters.
Dr. Bedard is often sourced for his expertise in self defense by defendants in criminal cases appealing to 'Stand Your Ground' and 'Castle Doctrine' protections offered by statutes in over 30 States. He provides force modeling and matrices and describes self defense theory within the context of legal provisions for the purpose of assisting triers-of-the-fact in understanding the complexities of what is known as "objective reasonableness".
FEATURE: BLACKBELT MAGAZINE PHOTO SHOOT
Dr. Bedard's work has been featured in Florida Trend Magazine and he has been called the “World’s Policeman” by the US Commercial Services, taking note of his International police training experience. He has consulted with non-scripted law enforcement television series such as ROOKIES (A&E) FEMALE FORCES (Biography Channel) OPERATION WILD (Planet Green) TAKEDOWN Broward County (TLC) and LIVE PD (A&E). He regularly provides live news analysis of unfolding events on public radio, television and a variety of other news sources. Roy has published articles in top magazines and periodicals including Blackbelt Magazine and the Law Enforcement Trainer.
FEATURE: NECK RESTRAINTS: POLICEONE.COM
Dave Smith and Roy Bedard discuss police use of neck restraints. While this technique begins to gain in popularity after several decades of non-use, there is still a lot to consider when drafting policy and providing professional training. Several points are discussed in this 10 minute video designed as a primer for police trainers and administrators. See more...
FEATURE: THE RAPID ROTATION BATON
The Rapid Rotation Baton (RRB) System is an injection molded nylon baton that is held firmly to the users backside with a Kydex security holster. Developed by police tactics expert Roy Bedard, the weapon’s effectiveness is in the unique design, which makes the RRB easy to learn and easy to use. The RRB Systems USA device, unlike other intermediate weapons, addresses virtually all personal protection possibilities. Because it can be rapidly rotated in the hand, it can be used in the close quarters, at a distance, on the ground, or against grips, grabs and body holds. With all of the possibilities, it represents a complete defensive system which is not dependent on an officer’s size and strength. See more...
FEATURE: STAND YOUR GROUND: AL JAZEERA NEWSCAST
Charles Perez interviews Roy Bedard on Stand Your Ground laws in Florida.