Dr. Aaron Westrick       


Detriot Metro Area

Boyne City, Michigan

Business: 231-675-5250

Address: P.O. Box 432, Boyne City, Michigan, 49712

Email: aaron@westrickphd.com

Address: 3006 Fall Park, Boyne City, Michigan, 49712
Professor at Lake Superior State University
Contact: 906-635-6203

Publications & Videos


Use of Force Investigation book to be published in 2014 by Landon Elsemere Press. 


Referenced many times (2004- 2012) regarding ethicalstance on body armor safety (local and national media). Also referenced andcontributed to noted crisis response books:

  • OnCombat,  David Grossman (Contributor/ Reviewer)
  • CopShock, Allen Kates (Contributor/ Reviewer)


“Defending Enforcement Action: Technological Documentation of Officer Activity.” ILEETA Journal. April, 2012.
“Protecting Our Warriors: The Path of a Whistleblower in the Armor Industry.”  ArmorCon Expo., Washington, D.C. June 7, 2011.

"Reasonable Force: An Examination of Police Force Measures and the Elderly." Law Enforcement Executive Form, 2011 - 11 (1).

Presentation: Wayne State University: Innocence Project - The Conviction of Mr. Vinson - Forensic science and Criminal Justice faculty lead wrongful convictions panel discussion- (Lake Superior State University, October 2009).


Research: Use-of-Force Issues: The Totality of Circumstances and Reasonable Office Action (after Bryon v. McPherson).


"Criminal Justice Services: Applied Review of Police Use-Of-Force Video." Academy of Criminal Justice Services, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009.


"Reasonable Force: An Examination of Police Force Measures and the Elderly." American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Pub. Pending, 2008.


White Paper to U.S. Government with Applied Research Associates regarding Futuristic Body Armor for Law Enforcement and Corrections. Source and Quoted "Grant Sought to Develop New Bulletproof Vests," South Bend Tribune (Jeff Parrot) April 28, 2007.


Referenced many times in recent 2004- 2005 regarding ethical stance on body armor safety (local and national media).


Columnist for Law Enforcement Journal (Police Officers Association of Michigan) and Deputy Sheriff’s Association (Michigan) - Over 20 Articles regarding police tactics.


NBC Television Today Show (Testimony in Washington, D.C.) Nov. 2004

Dissertation Committee Member: "Biomechanical Evaluation of Female Body Armor…" Maryann Wilhelm, Ph.D. Wayne State University Dec. 2003.

"Responding to Death," Law Enforcement Journal 2005

The Stigmatization of Police: Suicide by Cop (Law Enforcement Journal and American Police Beat, 2004)

'Police Deadly Force vs. Motor Vehicles.' POAM Journal and American Police Beat, January 2004.

Dissertation committee member Wayne State University. "A Biomechanical Assessment of Female Body Armor." Maryianne Wilhelm, Ph.D., 2003.

"Officer Needs Assistance." American Police Beat, November 2003.

Administrative Policy and Officer Demise, Law Enforcement Journal (Summer 2003).

Law Enforcement and the Mental Health System Seminar, Instructor Lake Superior State University (Northern Michigan Police Consortium and Michigan Mental Health).

Contemporary Body Armor and Police Survivability, Guest Lecturer at NLETC Chicago, IL (May 2003).

Clumnist for Law Enforcement Journal and Deputy Sheriff’s Association (Michigan).

Controlling Fear in Yourself and Others. POAM L.E. Journal (Winter 2003).

Ongoing Research on Body Armor "Back Face Deformation." Wayne State University. Detroit, MI (2002).

Research Paper- Overview of Less Lethal Weapons. Government Grant (2002). "Terrorism, Hate Crimes and other Semantics: The Role of Local Police in Combating Terror." Law Enforcement Journal (Summer 2002).

"Getting Hit is Just the Beginning." POAM Police Journal (Spring 2002)

"Bullet Proof: History of Body Armor." Modern Marvels/History Channel (Winter 2002)

Charging Toward Terror: We Love It! POAM Police Journal (Winter 2002)

In Custody Death: Society is Blaming You. POAM Police Journal (Fall 2001).

Dealing With It (Police Self Help Guide to Dealing with Terrorism). Police Magazine (November 2001).

Body Armor Facts: Protecting the Protectors. Law and Order (July 2001).

The Integration of Personal Computers and Body Armor (Lecture). International Conference on Wearable Computing, Washington D.C. (May 2001).

Police don’t get Mad… Law Enforcement Journal (Spring 2001).

Articles on Cognitive Dissonance and Police Shootings. Police Journal and Police Beat Magazines (2000-2001).

Police Corruption Analysis. Police Beat Magazine and the Police Journal (2001).

"Lag Time and the Reasonable Officer." American Police Beat and Police Journal (Fall 2000).

"Officer Memory and Traumatic Incidents." American Talk Radio Interview/ Jim MacKay’s Real Police Radio (June 2000).

"Surviving Assault: Shooting Back is No Accident." The Police Beat and Police Journal (May/ Summer 2000).

"How Police Officers are Murdered." Police Journal (POAM) January 2000.

"Obtain the Edge with Correctional Armor." Correctional News (September 1999).

"Cops Under Fire: An Analysis and Lessons of a Police Shooting." Police Journal.

Police Officers’ Association of Michigan (Spring 1999).

"The Wrong End of the Barrel." Police Journal –POAM- (Summer 1999).


"Body Armor for the Corrections Officer." ASLET Journal (March 1999).

"Surviving ‘Fatal’ Encounters: An Analysis of Violent Encounters Involving Police Officers Wearing Body Armor, Their Situational Definitions, Interactional Experience and Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." Dissertation Wayne State University (1998).

"Shot on the Job." American Police Beat. (January/February 1999).

"Coping and Adapting to Being Shot." Lecture Manual ASLET International Seminar (January 1999).

"Body Armor and the Tactical Officer." National Tactical Officers’ Association. (September 1998).

"Shoot Protocol and Safety." Second Chance Training (September 1998).

"Body Armor" (Second Chance). Arms Magazine Japanese Translation (May 1999) Referenced.

"Twaron, The Force Behind the Force." Akzo News. (May 1998). Referenced

"Body Armor and the Rifle Threat: High Power Threats and Hard Armor." Law and Order. (January 1998).

"Body Armor Saves Lives." New Jersey Cops. (January 98). Corrections.

"Body Armor and the Rifle Threat: High Power Threats and Hard Armor." ASLET Trainer. (November/December 97). With figures and graphs.

"The Role of Body Armor in Saving Lives." Law and Order. (August 97).

"Analysis and Lessons of a Police Shooting." Illinois Tactical Officer Association News. (Summer 97).

"Body Armor’s Application for the Law Enforcement Instructor." ASLET Trainer. (September/October 1997).

"Body Armor’s Application for the Firearms Instructor." IALEFI Firearms Instructor. (Issue 23 1997).

"Rookie Confessions." American Police Beat. (October 1997).

"Body Armor and the Assault Rifle Threat." Illinois Tactical Officers Association News. (Fall 1997).

"A Synopsis of the Social Aspects of Officers Wearing Body Armor During Violence." Michigan Sociological Association (Oakland University, Oct. 1996).

"Third Party Defense." Law Enforcement Television Network Interview (Jan. 1996).

"The High Price of Caring." Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Michigan, Street Tactics Guide (91-95).

Radio Interview on Juvenile Violence. WTCM Traverse City (April 22, 1999).

Radio Interview on Police Murders. WTCM Traverse City. (May 21, 1998).


"Body Armor Improvements." Law and Order. (April 2000). Referenced

"Guns Criminals Use." Law Enforcement Technology. (May 97). Referenced


"Product of the Month: Monarch +P+." Police Magazine. (June 97). Referenced

"Coptalk." American Handgunner. (November/December 97). Referenced

The Ayoob Files: "Mentor Protégé and Criminal." American Handgunner. (November/December 1997). Referenced

How Did They Do That? "Bullet Resistant Vests." The Learning Channel. (October 97). Referenced

Dateline NBC "Proposed Body Armor Legislation." National Broadcasting Company. (August 97). Referenced

"CopShock, What Cops Must Know About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." by Allen Kates 1999. Referenced.

LETN Roll Call: "Interacting with Emotionally Disturbed Persons." (Video) 2000.

Wayne State University

"The Police Perspective of the Rodney King Incident." Special in-depth presentations: Wayne State University and Oakland University (1994-95).

Second Chance Body Armor, Inc.

"Mock Riot." (Product Video) NIJ 2000/ 2001.

"Proper Body Armor Measurement." Internal Training Video (1996).

"Surviving Fatal Encounters." Police/Corrections Training Video (1996).

"Detroit Police Body Armor." Detroit Police Department Training Video (1997).

"North Carolina Body Armor Training." North Carolina Department of Corrections and Probation Training Videos (6-97/9-97).

"K-47 CL Ballistic Plates." Marketing Video (12-97).

"PRISM" Corrections
Training Video (1997).

Southwest Research Institute

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: Ultra-Lightweight Personnel Protection Committee, San Antonio, TX.

Oakland County Sheriff’s Department

"Managing Hostile Citizen Encounters." Park Ranger Training Video City of Rochester Hills, MI (1991).

"Senior Focus: Crime Prevention for the Elderly." informational video, (1991).