Training & Education

Specialized Circumstances: Searching Individuals Wearing Medical Apparatus

John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D. CTC, CLS and Michael Coleman ©2018. A.R.R. Most Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) are trained to perform pat-downs and searches on suspects, but few have been trained on how to properly and safely do these procedures on people wearing medical appliances and/or prosthetic devices. With approximately 185,000 amputation surgeries taking place each year in the United States, it is estimated there are about 1.9 million amputees here currently. Similarly, there are also millions of people wearing…


How to Acquire Law Enforcement Grants

Dr. Stephenie Slahor Federal, state, local, private, and foundation grants can mean fostering a new project, providing more training, acquiring better equipment, or developing improved processes. Whether city, county or state law enforcement, the fact remains that grants can provide a useful source of funds when the budgets are tight, but projects are worthy. Public and private grant funding can help finance all, or part, of a program, training or equipment, but competition is high for those funds. To obtain…


Train for the Fight

Mike Rayburn When the moment of truth has arrived, the time for preparation has passed. Are you training for the fight or are you training for the range? There is a difference, even though there shouldn’t be, but some departments are still doing “range practice” when they should be teaching “street fighting.” In today’s world of touchy-feely PC police departments, where we cry when we retire and can’t wait to show off our latest dance moves on YouTube, God forbid…


Police Use of Naloxone

Chris Fleming, Tod W. Burke, Ph.D. and Stephen S. Owen, Ph.D. Implementing overdose reversal programs has provided law enforcement agencies with a number of collateral benefits, including improved community relations. However, it is imperative to weigh both the benefits, as well as any potential drawbacks, before making any commitment. In Wisconsin, police were dispatched to the scene of an unresponsive two-year-old after he allegedly consumed OxyContin® pills, an opioid derivative. Despite interventions from first responders, the toddler was pronounced dead…


Training for Off-Duty and Plainclothes Carry

Todd Fletcher After recognizing a training deficiency about eight years ago, I began teaching a class called, “Off-Duty & Concealed Carry Tactics for Law Enforcement.”  The class covered equipment selection, marksmanship and live-fire exercises specific to the types of situations law enforcement officers could face. To this day, I am still amazed by the number of officers who tell me this was the first time they had ever trained using everyday clothing and concealed carry equipment. While frustrating, this is…


Online Education: How to Make It Work for You

Dr. Stephenie Slahor Management of your time is critical to your success if you decide to obtain your higher education through an online distance learning program. Way back when, there were “correspondence courses” in which a course curriculum was set by a university and a faculty member directed a student, by mail, in study, readings, assignments, and exams. The idea worked well for people who lived far from a university, but who wanted to study a particular course. It also…


The Basics of Higher Education

Dr. Stephenie Slahor Your reasons for higher education may be connected to the opportunity for promotion, advancement or better salary. Or higher education may be a long held desire to acquire knowledge in your career or your specialization. So, whether your goal is “earn,” “learn” or a combination of both, decide the degree and subject area which will be your focus and which colleges or universities offer the better, or best, programs in that field. Degree Programs An associate two…


Sexting: Are You Training to Prevent It?

John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CTC, CLS By now, you have heard about the 21 month jail sentence given to former New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner, for sexting a 15-year-old girl. Sentenced on September 25, 2017, he will begin his incarceration in early November. Sexting, or textual harassment, generally involves the sending or receiving of sexually explicit text messages, photos, video, social network messages, E-mails, etc., which can lead to a sexually charged workplace, cyberbullying, embarrassment, and almost always gets…


Target Selection for Effective Firearms Training

Todd Fletcher It’s time to go to the range. You pack up your range bag; you make sure you have your eye and ear protection; you grab your favorite blaster and holster; and then, after checking to ensure you have the rounds to feed it, off to the range you go. After you arrive, you get everything set up and loaded, throw on your eye and ear protection and start hammering away at the same old boring targets you always…


The Best Cop Movies of All Time

 Ed Nowicki The results may be surprising to some. Hollywood has been churning out cop movies from the days of the humorous Keystone Kops silent movies of the 1920s to the “bang bang, shoot ’em up” movies of today.  So, what are the best cop movies? Why not go to the inspiration – real or imagined – and ask the cops? After all, you don’t ask football players for the best baseball movies. “The Ten Best Cop Movies” were determined…