Mindset Force Management LLC

About Us

Mindset Force Management LLC was formed in response to requests for advanced instructor development, specialized training, and expert witness in the use of force. This has led to the development of Risk Management skills for officers, trainers, and managers. Our experience, training, and research allows us to assess the causes of use of force success or failures and determine what role an agency's policy, training, and supervision had and will have.

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Gerald Takano

Gerald has a BA in Psychology from N.C. State University.  He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with over 22 years of law enforcement instructing experience.  He retired from the Raleigh Police Department in 2017. Gerald is a use of force specialist with law enforcement instructor certifications in firearms, subject control, edged weapons, pepper spray, holds and escapes, weapon retention, police baton, and physical fitness.  Gerald has Instructor, Technician, and Master Instructor Certifications from TASER International.  He is a graduate of the Force Science Certification as well as the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths Instructor. Gerald has conducted extensive medical, technical, training, and legal research on law enforcement use of force. He has extensive training and instruction of martial arts with over 30 years of experience in this area.  He is also proud to have served with the 3/504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army.      

Gerald has designed and implemented user, instructor, and management courses in use of force risk management. He is the creator of Branched Force Decision Making Process and the 5-step Clarity/Detail Loop (force narrative writing process). He has experience in policy design, risk management, and has served as an expert in law enforcement use of force.

Daniel Nieters 

Daniel is a native of North Carolina and graduated from N.C. State with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice.  He has over 14 years of law enforcement experience with a single agency of approximately 800 sworn officers.  Daniel holds instructor level certifications in firearms, concealed carry, defensive tactics, weapon retention, Verbal Judo, physical fitness and ground defense.  He specializes in communication skills and use of force articulation for law enforcement professionals.