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Tips for Trainers: Class Preparation

August 2, 2007
Don't be on time…be early! We've all had the experience of sitting in a classroom as students, waiting for the instructor to arrive. There's nothing that conveys a lack of respect for your students more than arriving late.

Classroom Management

July 16, 2007
Every instructor has had the unpleasant experience of dealing with that one individual, usually sitting in the back row, who disrupts the entire class. Often these problem learners are the last ones to class, the ones returning late from breaks, and the first ones with an excuse why they have to leave early.

Conducting Safe, Effective TASER Training

July 5, 2007
Law enforcement trainers are constantly striving for more realistic training, because they know that the more real it is, the more officers will learn and retain. In the use of force arena, most training can be placed along a continuum, ranging from absolute safety on one end to absolute reality on the other.

Safe Training in a Troubled World

June 28, 2007

Every year around a half dozen law enforcement officers die in training accidents. While some of these deaths are related to fitness and health issues---for example an officer that dies after suffering a heart attack during a training run---there are at least two or three that die as the result of firearms or other use-of-force incidents while training.

Be a Mentor, Not a Monster

June 21, 2007
I remember a training officer I had once, back in my cub days, who decided that the best way to break in a new guy was to act all tough and hard, and to intimidate me with his experience and his disdain for me and for what I thought I knew.

BOOK REVIEW: How to be an Expert Witness

June 11, 2007
Retired NYPD lieutenant, attorney, and ILEETA member Adam Kasanof has done something that has needed to be done for a long time – he has provided an affordable, easy to understand guide to help law enforcement trainers become better expert witnesses. His book is excellent, and long overdue.

Watch Your Words

June 7, 2007

As a "profession," law enforcement is growing a body of knowledge, especially as it relates to high-risk activities, such as use of force, driving, and arrest practices. That body of knowledge relies upon certain terminology to illustrate concepts and ideas in an easily understood context. When we choose terminology to illustrate ideas, the temptation is always there to "make it sound good." That's usually OK, but sometimes the effort to make it sound good can create probl

Keep Your Officers' Firearms Scores

May 31, 2007
Most departments do not keep firearms qualification scores, opting instead for a pass/fail system. They reason that it's better if plaintiffs don't have access to the written history of marginal performers for possible use in a lawsuit. This sounds like good risk management advice, but it's not.

2007 Michigan Vehicle Tests

May 1, 2007

Every fall, law enforcement vehicles are tested by two of the nation’s premier law enforcement agencies: the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police. This year, Ford brought a hybrid vehicle.

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