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Train in the Rain

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.

November 19, 2007

Be a Smart Learner

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

November 14, 2007

Unintended Consequences

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.

October 22, 2007

Put it in Writing

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.

September 4, 2007

Tips for Trainers: Class Preparation

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.

August 2, 2007

Classroom Management

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.

July 16, 2007

Be a Mentor, Not a Monster

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.

June 21, 2007