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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

Conducting Safe, Effective TASER Training

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.

July 5, 2007

Safe Training in a Troubled World

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.

June 28, 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

BOOK REVIEW: How to be an Expert Witness

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.

June 11, 2007

Watch Your Words

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

June 7, 2007

Keep Your Officers' Firearms Scores

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.

May 31, 2007