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Also by Steve Ashley

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Customers Are Always Right—Even When They're Wrong

June 17, 2008
Have you ever been in a class or seminar—as a student, not a presenter—and found that the instructor argued with his or her students? I have, and it happened again just recently.

The Meaning of Training Certification

April 23, 2008
The idea that once we "certify" someone, we are somehow guaranteeing that person's competency is a subtext that runs throughout the law enforcement profession. And it's not accurate.

Teach with Less Talk, More Action

April 18, 2008
Training should be more of an exchange of ideas, and less of a lecture. What officer students really like is more interactive training, and less "talking at them."

Combined Skills Training

April 18, 2008
It's difficult to fit in all of the types of mandatory training Why, then, can't we combine different elements of the training that officers receive?

Work Safer, Get Sued Less

March 24, 2008
It's simple: what gets you hurt also gets you sued. Actually, it's not simple at all, but it's still true.

Where Trainers Go to be Trained

March 19, 2008

In a couple of weeks, 750 law enforcement trainers will be heading to the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Ill., for the annual ILEETA Training Conference and Expo. As a police trainer, you should consider attending this event or a future ILEETA conference.

What Is a Trainer?

February 26, 2008
Of course we could patrol and investigate, and supervise and manage without trainers. But could we do it well, and properly? In many cases, no, we could not.

Solving Problems with PowerPoint and Video

February 26, 2008
Many trainers struggle with the use of video in training presentations. There are several problems that crop up frequently, and there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood that you'll suffer from them.

Projector Blues

February 8, 2008
OK, you've got your laptop and cable, and you're at the training room, where you find the projector. How do you go about connecting them?

We Don't Need (Certain) Firearms Instructors

January 22, 2008
What we don't need are firearms instructors—or any other instructors—that aren't interested in staying current, or don't want to be cross-trained in other high-risk disciplines. What we need are Force and Control Instructors.

Danny, We Hardly Knew Ye

December 20, 2007
There is a cautionary tale here for each of us in law enforcement. Something we have spent very little time on is the post-incident survival of our families and loved ones.

2008 Michigan Vehicle Tests

December 1, 2007

In the words of one EVOC trainer, "Every officer wants the best vehicle they can get their hands on. Every department wants the most cost-effective fleet possible. Somewhere in between is probably the best place to be."

Working with Problem Shooters

November 28, 2007
Many departments have a couple—or a few—officers that struggle each time qualification comes around. It then falls to the firearms training staff to get them through it.

Train in the Rain

November 19, 2007
Weather and other environmental conditions are severe distractions when you're trying to perform your job safely. If you haven't practiced and trained in less than ideal conditions, those environmental factors can prove deadly.

Be a Smart Learner

November 14, 2007
I am concerned about an insidious problem in the law enforcement training community: the growing potential for misinformation in police training materials.

21 Ways to Stretch Your Training Dollars

November 1, 2007

Every training officer needs more money. But they also know that one of the first things to be cut is the training budget. Every officer knows that he or she needs more training. But training is one of those things that sometimes takes a back seat to "real police work."

Unintended Consequences

October 22, 2007
Have you ever asked a fellow officer where in the world they learned to do what they just did, and had them say in reply that they had been taught that in the academy?  Or in some in-service class? Or had seen it in a training video?  Here's one way that that happens.

Can We Talk?

October 1, 2007

You've heard a lot about interoperability in the last few years. Here's a quick look at what's being done to make it easier for everybody in public safety to communicate when something really smelly hits the fan.

Put it in Writing

September 4, 2007
There is one simple reason that you should have a written training plan: limited resources. You have to plan how you will allocate your limited resources of time and money, so that your department gets the most bang for its buck.

Retention Holster Showdown

September 1, 2007

These days, weapon retention is a serious subject. And with good reason. About 20 percent of all officers feloniously killed with handguns are slain with their own weapons. This disturbing statistic is trending up despite the increasing availability of holsters designed to aid officers in weapon retention.

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