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As a certified training provider for the state of Texas, PoliceOne Academy continues to grow our accredited law enforcement training for departments to meet state requirements. Recently, we released 11 new intermediate courses, adding 87 new hours of training for departments to include in their current training plan. These courses total over 300+ hours of continuing education available in our learning management system
*For a limited time, we are offering new departments the opportunity to add them to their current PoliceOne Academy subscription at no additional cost.
Intermediate Courses Available
- Intermediate Arrest, Search and Seizure
The fourth amendment is one of the most widely-discussed amendments in the news today. This course will provide the learner a greater understanding of a frisk, suspicious activity, probable cause, consent to search, search warrants, and other areas that are directly related to arrest, search, and seizure. The students will also be provided with information to provide a greater understanding of juvenile offenses, dealing with juvenile offenders and organized juvenile criminal activity.
- Intermediate Asset Forfeiture
As law enforcement, we can utilize asset forfeiture to seize property that we believe can or will be used in a crime. This policy provides added security and aids in the prevention of further crime. It takes contraband and property out of the hands of people who have or intend to commit crime. However, it is a double-edged sword in that sometimes assets can be taken from innocent citizens. In this course, you will examine the policy, benefits, and consequences that can come from asset forfeiture.
- Intermediate Child Abuse
No single agency has the training, workforce, resources, or legal mandate to detect, intervene, and prosecute child abuse cases effectively. And no one agency has the sole responsibility for protecting abused children. Law enforcement must, however, be properly trained on the various components of child abuse cases. This intermediate course includes topics about what does and does not constitute child abuse and neglect, how to identify the different kinds of child abuse, the identification of the authorities and responsibilities of many individuals and agencies in child abuse cases, components and characteristics of child abuse, investigate strategies, and special investigative issues.
- Intermediate Child Safety Check Alert List
This one-hour course recognizes the Child Safety Check Alert List Plan as a vital tool to child abuse or neglect cases.
- Intermediate Cultural Diversity
With the demographic makeup of the United States changing dramatically over the last 25 years, law enforcement, now more than ever, must possess the cultural competency to encourage positive communication and enhance productivity in the workplace. By taking this intermediate course, the learner will examine the factors that make up our individual cultures and the ways by which culture and law enforcement can merge.
- Intermediate Human Trafficking
This 4-hour course offers a comprehensive overview of human trafficking, one of today’s most complex criminal enterprises and human rights violations. Topics addressed include: the history and forms of human trafficking; terms related to human trafficking; an examination of the relationship between the trafficker and victim; investigating human trafficking cases; ensuring victims receive the correct services, some of which are unique to trafficking victims; the advantages of a multidisciplinary and collaborative response to trafficking incidents, and; an introduction to Texas state laws regarding human trafficking.
- Intermediate Identity Crimes
The prevalence of identity theft crimes have risen significantly, largely due to the advancements in technology in recent years. It’s even more important now, that we learn about this type of criminal activity and how to combat it–which will in turn allow us to catch these criminals and create safer communities. In this course, learners will understand how identity theft crimes can happen, how people can protect themselves, and what to do in the event of someone’s identity being stolen.
- Intermediate Missing and Exploited Children
This 4 hour course is designed to educate officers on missing and abducted children cases. These type of cases are difficult because they are time-sensitive and emotionally troubling.
- Intermediate Racial Profiling
Racial profiling, the practice of using race or ethnicity as a basis for law enforcement investigative procedures. The purpose of this course is to highlight key issues surrounding race in law enforcement and to help law enforcement officers use this information in a meaningful and practical way. This course shares how racial profiling can impact the success of policing efforts. It also presents key distinctions between reasonable suspicion and racial profiling during field interviews and traffic stops, shares best practices for law enforcement officers, and offers self-analysis for practical application. This course also brings awareness and understanding of how the blueprint was designed to provide law enforcement, state and local elected officials, civil rights leaders, community organizations, and other local stakeholders with strategies and practices for gathering and analyzing data about police stops.
- Intermediate Special Investigative Topics
While recent news stories and events have made strides in the stigma against reporting abuse, issues like child abuse, neglect, family violence, sexual assault, and sex offenders are still very prevalent in our country today. We will walk through these issues in detail, and provide the learner with relevant laws and statistics surrounding each individual topic.
- Intermediate Use of Force
According to the National Institute of Justice, generally speaking, the use of force by law enforcement officers becomes necessary and is permitted under specific circumstances such as: in self-defense or in defense of another individual or group.Police officers receive guidance from their individual agencies, but there is no universal set of rules that governs when officers use force and how much they should use. In this TCOLE Intermediate course, learners are provided with training and focuses on the legal aspects for an officer to use force when affecting an arrest, investigatory stop, or other seizure of a free citizen as well as the Texas laws and policies that govern legal use of force.
Click here to view our list of Texas (TCOLE) accredited courses offered through PoliceOne Academy.
Many people associate online learning with college courses but are unfamiliar with its applications outside of attaining a college degree. While online learning is a fast-growing training and organizational tool for a variety of businesses, it is particularly well-suited for law enforcement given the nature of the job – which includes a heavy training requirement, regular policy updates and officers working varied schedules around the clock.
Online learning management systems are highly flexible, accessible anywhere, offer a wide variety of content, and can streamline processes for the entire police department.
Here are six reasons why you should consider implementing an online learning platform at your department.
1. REDUCE TRAINING COSTS
Online learning can replace or reduce in-person training costs by allowing training administrators to assign pre-course work before a classroom session. Officers can read policies or memos, as well as watch lecture videos before arriving to class lectures which can help improve the effectiveness of hands-on training.
For example, before bringing officers into a firearms simulation system have them watch a video, assigned to them for completion in the learning management system, that introduces how the simulator works and read a training bulletin about the learning objectives for the simulation session. When officers arrive, they can immediately receive the scenario briefing and begin the hands-on training experience, foregoing a lengthy lecture.
Further, online training is ideal for annual training updates, such as a bloodborne pathogens refresher, that often require hiring an outside trainer or assigning an employee to deliver bloodborne pathogens training throughout the organization. Either route is time and budget consuming. A bloodborne pathogens course, loaded into the online training system, can be used for several annual training cycles and completed by officers without bringing them to a classroom or an instructor to them.
Additionally, by decreasing the amount of off-site training required, departments can cut down
overtime costs as well as costs for travel and shift coverage during off-site training.
2. ACCESS COURSES WITH EASE AND FLEXIBILITY
For most departments, training is a burden because it’s not always accessible; LEOs need to travel to training, or a department needs to coordinate with an in-person trainer. And apart from expenses, it’s often inconvenient.
With online learning, training is available anytime, anywhere on the following devices:
- iPhone and Android powered smartphones
- Desktop computers
- iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android powered tablets
This 24/7 accessibility means that officers can access the online training system – a knowledge base of courses, policies, and resources – to complete training while on shift, during downtime or even during their off time if allowed by their agency. Off-duty training is especially well-suited to part-time officers, reserve officers or personnel who work at more than one department.
Online learning also opens the doors to a newer concept called microlearning. Training doesn’t need to happen in only 1-hour, 4-hour or 8-hour increments. Fifteen minutes during roll call might be enough time to quickly update officers on a policy revision or to view a short video on a feature update to the eCitations software.
Unlike in-person training, online learning can be broken into smaller sessions that can be paused and restarted over multiple sittings.
3. PROVIDE THE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES MILLENNIALS EXPECT
According to Pew research, millennials are the largest cohort in the U.S. labor force. If your department’s ratio of young officers to veteran personnel hasn’t shifted yet, it soon will.
And millennials have different expectations from their employees than generations past.
Harvard Business Review released a study in 2017 about what millennials want in a work environment. The study spanned multiple industries, but the results were strongly focused on generation versus occupation. One of the primary outcomes was the millennials look for the opportunity to learn and grow within their occupation more than any previous generation.
Appealing to millennials’ desire for educational opportunities, through cutting-edge technology, is a great tool for recruitment and retention.
In addition to assigned courses, leverage the learning management system (LMS) vendor’s course library to offer optional or elective courses to all personnel. Promote the availability of these courses, especially to millennials, who want to continue learning on the job and broadening their skill set.
4. IMPROVE TRACKING OF TRAINING
A combination of online training features like ease of use and high volumes of courses helps officers with retraining and recertification.
Officers have access to accredited courses that can be utilized more frequently than off-site or in-person training schedules allow. Digital time tracking means more training hours are counted, too. An online training system makes it easy to earn and document training hours for:
- Attending roll call shift briefing
- Completing pre-course work before a hands-on training event
- Documenting participation in an inter-agency training exercise like an active shooter response drill
How does your department currently track these hours and apply it toward annual mandates?
Can you make the process stronger? When the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department starting tracking their training with more efficiency and increased their volume of content through online learning, they noticed a 25 percent increase in operations training time last year. That equaled about eight extra hours per officer, for 1100 officers by using PoliceOne Academy’s online learning platform.
5. INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR REQUIRED CERTIFICATION
With online learning, training is tracked and progress is easily monitored by administrators, which means credentials are less likely to expire and compliance requirements are more easily adhered to.
In the event that a lawsuit arises, training records are subpoenaed or a regulatory audit occurs a training management system provides tracked, centralized documentation to report officers department-required credentials. This ability to track and grant credentials reduces liability.
6. ELEVATE OFFICER SAFETY
The Department of Justice’s most recent data on police academy training shows that during academy, major training areas, on average, include:
- Operations (213 hours)
- Firearms (168 hours)
- Self-defense (168 hours)
- Use of force (168 hours)
- Self-improvement (89 hours)
- Legal education (86 hours)
As any chief knows, academy training is a sound foundation for a law enforcement career, but continuing education beyond minimum requirements for these topics — and addressing a wider-breadth of issues — is imperative for an officer’s overall effectiveness and on-the-job safety.
Finding an online solution provides your officers access to these critical training topics, as well as topics more specifically related to your community and jurisdiction.
For example, if the opioid epidemic is currently plaguing your jurisdiction, online learning tools can provide your department continuous access and up-to-date education to help keep your officers safe and effectively responding to overdoses and investigating narcotics trafficking.
When Topeka PD implemented a better training program, it not only helped retain their officers because they felt more equipped to handle their job, but three officers described how improved training about safer traffic stops saved their lives.
PoliceOne Academy recently released new courses, expanding our training library of quality, high-liability topics that address today’s law enforcement community relations. With a subscription to PoliceOne Academy, we offer exclusive access to some of the best police training online.
Accredited in 38 states, our courses are available 24/7, in multiple formats, for agencies and police departments to maximize their training programs. Along with new and updated courses released regularly, our training solution offers features that simplify department training, like course tracking, policy management, custom course creation, and more.
New/Updated Courses Released
- K-9 Operations
In this course, we explore how a department can develop a K9 unit, as well as the costs involved and potential funding avenues. Another key theme is how K9 units have evolved in the use of canines with SWAT operations. We will also cover some tried and true commands for training K9s while discovering what it means to be in a high-risk situation. This comprehensive training block course covers all requirements from tactical teams to patrol conditions and the relationship between K9 units.
- Active Shooter: Recognition and Basic Response
In this course, you will learn how to planning your response. Every incident must be treated with the Rule of Plus One, meaning if you’ve found and neutralized one shooter you must search for additional shooters until the location has been secured.
- Current Drug Trends
This two-hour course will highlight the prevalence of drugs and provide statistical trends in the current market.
- Overcoming Resistance: Start with Mental Preparation
In this course, we take a deeper look at mental preparation and the important role it plays in our lives as law enforcement professionals.
- Firearms Tactics
Officers must master many critical skills. One of the most critical is superior firearms use and tactics. On average, police departments spend 12-14 hours per year on firearms training. How much training do you participate in per year? Do you rely only on your department’s firearms tactics training, or do you train (or seek out training) on your own to supplement that departmental training? The bottom line is this: do you feel totally comfortable in your ability to win in a situation requiring the use of your firearm?
The PoliceOne Academy Content and Accreditation teams have collaborated to evaluate the recent trends and popular topics in law enforcement training. The goal is to have our PoliceOne Academy platform offer in-depth training for personnel to be able to continue protecting and serving their communities. With feedback provided by our valued clients, we are retiring some of our older courses to continuing adding fresh and original content to our learning management platform.
On July 12, we will retire a handful of older courses in our library. To ensure that you and/or your personnel have completed course requirements before they are updated, please review the list below to see what has changed.
- Active Shooter: Recognition and Basic Response
- Ambush Awareness and Preparation
- Anti-Bias Training for Law Enforcement (1 hour)
- Anti-Bias Training for Law Enforcement (2 hours)
- Arrest, Search & Seizure (Fourth Amendment)
- Bomb Threats in Schools
- Campus Based Training: Clery Act
- Constitutional and Community Policing
- Current Drug Trends
- Firearms Tactics
- Off-Duty, Safe, and Ready
- Overcoming Resistance: Start with mental Preparation
- Tactical Patrol Considerations
- Using Social Media in Investigations
If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact your Customer Success representative.
Most departments kick off a shift like they did on “Hill Street Blues” with roll call. It’s also the case that many departments haven’t fundamentally changed the way they conduct roll call since well before the TV show first aired in 1981.
The speed and scope of technological evolution have opened new doors for traditional procedures like roll call. Online learning is one way to leverage technology and make roll call more effective for everyone in the department. Here are five examples:
1. ADDRESS TIMELY TOPICS AFFECTING YOUR COMMUNITY OR AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT FOR YOUR OFFICERS
Learning management systems provide a large library of approved training resources, courses and videos that cover a wide-variety of subjects. This means it’s easy to access topics that your department needs to cover quickly, such as situations involving a recent high-liability event in your area.
For instance, if a school in your community recently received a bomb threat, it’s likely the training lieutenant will go over the proper protocol for bomb threats during roll call. Rather than reading a general order word-for-word, training lieutenants can use an approved online course for a comprehensive, well-laid out training experience.
Administrators who use lesson plans, such as those provided by PoliceOne Academy, can ensure consistency and timeliness in messaging. No matter what shift you’re on, the online course will provide immediate access to the exact same information for every LEO.
Additionally, follow up modules can be assigned for continued education and reading. This opportunity for additional training is especially useful for rookies who don’t have as much on-the-job experience as veteran officers, or for officers who want to dive deeper into a subject.
2. MEET ANNUAL TRAINING HOUR REQUIREMENTS USING DAILY BRIEFINGS
Often times, roll call training isn’t tracked the same as scheduled annual training, which doesn’t make sense. Roll call is valuable time that should be accounted for. By using a learning management platform, roll call training is conducted with accredited content and can be documented easily. For instance, if you’re using a PoliceOne Academy video during roll call the following next steps can help record participation:
- Select the personnel who completed the training.
- Add the date and time the training was completed.
- Submit the record for the credit completed into the LMS.
- Once the other videos on a similar topic are completed and equate to one hour of training, a certificate will be awarded to those who successfully completed the full course.
Online learning platforms make it easy for administrators to run and automate training reports so training progress, and roll call hours, can be easily monitored. And, by finding innovative ways to track training time, you can decrease the time officers are off the street participating in training.
3. LEVERAGE MICROLEARNING TO MAXIMIZE TRAINING
Online learning technology facilitates microlearning, which is a way of breaking up training into shorter “bursts”. Today’s modern LMS platforms should offer courses and videos in this format and provide a way for training captains to break courses up into smaller segments that are ideal for adult learners who may have short attention spans or limited time available for training.
This format of flexible learning aligns with the 5 to 15-minute window most law enforcement agencies have available for roll call training. Microlearning is increasingly critical for the challenging law enforcement schedule, and it allows personnel to fit small bits of learning into their hectic work and life schedules.
For instance, PoliceOne’s Active Shooter is a one-hour course comprised of 6 shorter videos:
- Shooting Tactic for Multiple Officers in Close Quarters
- Reality Training: Sparrow Firearms Training
- Active Shooter Update
- Equipment to Carry on an Active Shooter Response
- Multiple Active Shooters
- Responsibilities of the First Officer in an Active Shooter Incident
Officers can take each of these videos, individually and in short bursts. Once they’ve all been completed, the training videos equal an hour of POST-approved credit in 38 states. Training can be completed in conjunction with other segments, too. Like, the Defensive Tactics and Leadership courses offered by PoliceOne Academy.
Additionally, microlearning has proven to be a better way to communicate important information. Learning from content accessed in short bursts, and content which is relevant to the individual, ensures retention and builds conceptual understanding. Not to mention, shorter content can make learning seem less intimidating.
4. SAVE TRAINING CAPTAINS’ OR SERGEANTS’ TIME WITH DEVELOPED ROLL CALL AGENDAS
Leading roll call can be a time-consuming process. Normally, at least one supervisor comes in early to gather materials and information to be presented during roll call. Searching for training tips or videos consumes valuable time, and if a training captain or sergeant is rushed, the content during roll call can be less meaningful than it should be.
Online learning provides vetted and approved content that can quickly be identified and used in roll call.
5. EASILY COMMUNICATE BETWEEN SHIFTS
All agencies have policies and procedures that are introduced, revised or rescinded. Most times these changes need clarification, which tends to occur during roll call. But an offline version of roll call can create message variation between different shifts.
By centralizing roll call information within one online system, you can control the message to ensure your officers are all being told the same thing. You can also collect frequently asked questions from your officers to document standardized answers related to the policy change for future reference.
Technology has immensely improved the way agencies can conduct roll call. To learn more about how online learning can improve your department’s procedures – from roll call to credential tracking – read more on PoliceOneAcademy.
Praetorian Digital, the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market, announced today that it has been named a finalist for the 2018 SIIA CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries.
Praetorian Digital was recognized for its PoliceOne Academy LMS Platform in the Best Corporate/Workplace Learning Management Solution category, which “recognizes the best platform, service or provider that supports the efforts of organizations (business, government, academia) to educate employees about specific knowledge that aids in the successful execution of an employee’s job.”
The PoliceOne Academy LMS Platform is a SaaS-based education and records management product focused on the law enforcement market. Accredited in 38 states, the PoliceOne Academy offers more than 350 hours of training content and delivers training to more than 100,000 officers.
Praetorian Digital also operates Academy LMS Platforms in several other public safety and local government markets, which combined provide training for more than 2,000 agencies and departments.
“PoliceOne Academy was built from the ground-up to meet the unique training and learning management needs of local law enforcement agencies,” said Alex Ford, CEO of Praetorian Digital. “We are honored to be named a finalist by SIAA. The recognition is a testament to our team’s hard work and to Praetorian Digital’s commitment to educate and advance law enforcement to keep our communities safe and secure.”
The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. The PoliceOne Academy LMS Platform was honored as one of 152 finalists across the 39 education technology categories.
Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Celebration at the SIIA Annual Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco on June 13.
With budget cuts and staffing issues plaguing many departments, finding the bandwidth to meet, manage and document required POST or state-mandated training can be an uphill battle. As a response, law enforcement has begun to turn to online learning as an ideal officer training solution.
Training online offers inherent advantages. It’s cost-effective, it’s always available and it’s easy to track and manage. Online learning can also reduce risk.
Here are a few ways your online learning provider should help your department meet its annual training requirements and decrease liability.
- ONLINE TRAINING CATERS TO STATE REQUIREMENTS
Online learning is customizable. So whether your department needs to adhere to state-specific Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), or internal requirements, you can ensure your program is compliant.
Your online learning provider should work with you to help you meet requirements in your state, regardless of how quickly mandates change. For example, our PoliceOne Academy Platform is accredited or approved for use in 38 states, and continually adds and updates new courses to be in line with the latest industry standards.
Additionally, many modern online training solutions can deliver content on smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers, making them available anywhere, at any time. Tracking time, even if it’s short bursts during the day— like roll call training—can help your officers reach annual requirements.
In many states, licensed officers must complete a minimum of 48 hours of continuing education, annually, to maintain their license. It can be difficult to accommodate coverage for each officer when you have an understaffed department. Thanks to the accessibility of online learning, departments can increase the number of training hours while reducing the number of hours an officer is absent.
“One of our initial goals was to get our officers to complete our 8 hours of mandatory training online instead of at the academy, which has saved on time and cost tremendously. With PoliceOne, IMPD has saved $100,000 in the past year and doubled our training time average per officer in just months.” – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
- ONLINE COURSES CAN HELP FILL TRAINING GAPS AND DECREASE LIABILITY
It’s likely your department needs to meet a number of specialized training requirements or state mandates. You may currently be on the hook for identifying—and paying for—a range of instructors to conduct multiple, in-person training sessions. Online learning can greatly ease if not eliminate this burden.
An online learning provider with a comprehensive course library can efficiently deliver training for a large number of specialized topics that might prove costly to provide in a classroom setting.
In addition, by offering increased training opportunities, you are reducing liability costs at your department, too—which can take a huge bite out of your department’s budget. For example, according to the Boston Globe, the city of Boston has spent more than $36 million to resolve 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits against the Boston Police Department over the past decade.
High-liability categories, which are all offered on the P1A platform, include:
- Use of force
- Responding to emergencies
- Dealing with edged weapons and firearms
- Cultural awareness
- Tactical operations
- Safe Driving
- OSHA and Safety Training
Having access to a broad library of online training courses is a viable solution to help improve officer safety, productivity and performance and decrease risk while staying within budget.
- REPORTING AND TRACKING PROGRESS MINIMIZES RISK
Maintaining accurate training records is as important as actually taking the required courses. Without proof of course completion and department compliance, one audit or legal issue can completely disrupt your agency.
One of the benefits of online learning is the streamlined electronic record of your department’s training activity. A learning management system (LMS) enables departments to eliminate any makeshift or paper processes currently in use. This improved workflow benefits everyone, from officers to the administration and leadership divisions.
For instance, if an officer is unable to complete training in one sitting, courses can be bookmarked and completed at a later time. Administrators and leaders can easily monitor the progress and the completion of assigned tasks. Then, anyone within the department can easily pull a report for state commissions or authorities in the event of an audit. Digitally organizing and tracking your department’s compliance can also reduce liability in the case of a lawsuit.
- AN ONLINE TRAINING SOLUTION LESSENS BUDGET AND TIME COMMITMENTS
Often, police budgets don’t align with the resources and time needed for officers to meet annual training mandates. This becomes a challenge for the Training Lieutenant in command as an officer cannot be on patrol and scheduled for in-person training at the same time. So will your department plan training during work hours? Or will you pay for overtime?
What if some of those training sessions are only available in particular regions in your state and your officers have to travel? Additionally, managing work schedules when officers are away at training adds another layer of complexity.
An online training platform can be the solution to these problems. The flexibility opens the doors to allowing officers to complete training in between calls while on patrol, which cuts overtime costs and keeps your department compliant. Further, it provides administrators with a tangible return on investment from both a time and monetary perspective.
Today’s law enforcement agencies are faced with complex training requirements and need cost-effective ways to ensure personnel is compliant with state standards. An LMS that offers high-quality courses and tracking can meet those needs.
PoliceOne Academy gives departments the flexibility to create the law enforcement training they’d like to train their officers on. Build courses, quizzes and assessments on topics you choose to teach and create reports on training completions and compliance to ensure your officers are improving on their training development. Control the content that’s created and assigned, manage policies and post internal announcements while allowing personnel to access shared files and documentation.
Watch this brief video to learn how departments can:
- Add department-specific content to the largest, up-to-date library of law enforcement training
- Upload policies and manage compliance
- Easily manage SCORM packages with our solution’s third-party integration
- Create custom material and assign mandated training
Recently, PoliceOne Academy built a new tool to help departments determine their cost savings by transitioning part of their required annual training to an online learning solution. Our ROI calculator estimates your current spend on training versus how much you can save on law enforcement training with PoliceOne Academy’s platform.
The goal for this estimation tool is to demonstrate how moving part of your annual training to an online solution can positively impact your bottom line and reduce budget spending.
With our potential savings estimator, your department can:*
- Evaluate the cost/benefit of purchasing an online solution
- Determine the time saved on tracking and reporting training
- Compare existing training procedures to our features & functionality
*Disclaimer: To receive your potential savings calculation, you must complete a demo of PoliceOne Academy with a sales representative.
We’ve released fresh content in our learning management system that training coordinators can assign to personnel. These new courses range from Financial Planning for First Responders to Effective Communication for Law Enforcement. Training resources are vital to the success of public safety in the United States, so PoliceOne Academy strives to create valuable content for departments to properly train officers and maintain compliance.
List of New Courses
- Building Financial Strength in First Responder Families
- Constitutional Policing
- Cultural Awareness and Diversity Overview
- Opioid Crisis: Protecting Our First Responders
- Public Recording of Police Activities
You have a great career as a first responder and you are making good money. How do you ensure you can retire with what you need? Many of us do not know the answer to that question. We often plan our budgets and spending, but how many first responder personnel sit down and plan for retirement? It is imperative to start planning for retirement early in your career. This course will provide a basic understanding of financial tools and requirements so that you can achieve economic health. Having a plan is critical to help reduce stress, alleviate ethical issues, maintain security clearances, and stop living paycheck to paycheck.
The most recent event to spark interest in Community Policing was the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri. While it seems this may be an incredibly difficult time in policing, it proves the significance of building relationships and increasing leadership within the community.
Diversity is more than just a buzzword of political correctness. There are many people who view diversity as a way to make one part more important than the whole, and in their minds, if each part of the whole does not work towards maintaining a greater mission, the system will fall apart. Diversity is not about divisiveness; it’s about encouraging and embracing our differences. As you take this course, think about your own cultural upbringing and how it influences who you are today.
The increased availability of synthetic opioids coupled with the heroin epidemic has not only led to a significant increase in overdoses and deaths, but also an increased risk to first responders who must come into contact with these substances during the course of their duties. Exposure to small amounts, the size of a grain of sand, can lead to respiratory depression and even death. Proper identification and knowledge of the various opioids, signs and symptoms of exposure, and immediate life-saving measures to be employed in the event of exposure are critical to saving the life of yourself or others. Additionally, the likelihood of first responder exposure requires the implementation of universal precautions including but not limited to personal protective equipment (PPE), Narcan training, and specific procedures for testing of suspected substances.
Recording the actions and activities of police officers in the performance of their public duties is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, through which individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern. This right is extended to video and audio recording of any police activity performed in public or where an individual otherwise has a legal right to be present. In effect, the public has the same rights to record police activities as the press. In this course, you will examine civilians’ interest in recording police activities as well as the laws and limitations surrounding the public’s constitutionally held rights.
For more information on PoliceOne Academy, click here to schedule a demo or call 866.941.4090 to speak with one of our PoliceOne Academy representatives.