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The Meaning of Training Certification

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.

April 23, 2008

Combined Skills Training

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?

April 18, 2008

Teach with Less Talk, More Action

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."

April 18, 2008

Work Safer, Get Sued Less

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

March 24, 2008

Where Trainers Go to be Trained

Where Trainers Go to be Trained

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.

March 19, 2008

Solving Problems with PowerPoint and Video

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.

February 26, 2008

What Is a Trainer?

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.

February 26, 2008

Projector Blues

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?

February 8, 2008

We Don't Need (Certain) Firearms Instructors

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.

January 22, 2008

Danny, We Hardly Knew Ye

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.

December 20, 2007

2008 Michigan Vehicle Tests

2008 Michigan Vehicle Tests

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."

December 1, 2007

Working with Problem Shooters

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.

November 28, 2007

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