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New Law Enforcement Courses Added to our Training Library

We’ve released new law enforcement training courses in our learning management system that training coordinators can assign to personnel to meet annual mandates. PoliceOne Academy continues to provide relevant training resources that aide in the safety and success of public safety officials throughout the United States. With these newly added courses, we strive to provide as much valuable content for departments to properly train officers to maintain safety and compliance.

New Courses Now Available

  • Handling Robbery Calls
    According to an FBI study, 26% of all local homicides in the US can be directly related to robberies. Accordingly, law enforcement officers need to take every robbery call seriously, both for their own safety and the safety and well-being of the victims. Good community policing efforts will help officers identify the most likely robbery targets in their patrol area, giving them the opportunity to work with business owners and managers to minimize the risk. In this course, you will learn methods for safely approaching the robbery scene, apprehending suspects, and securing the crime scene.
  • Interviews and Interrogations
    Interviews and interrogations are two ways to formally solicit information from witnesses and suspects. A properly conducted interview or interrogation can often be the difference between solving and successfully prosecuting a case and not. An investigator should be aware of the distinctions between interviews and interrogations, as well as the best methods for eliciting information from a subject. In this course, learners will explore ways to question interviewees and judge the truthfulness of their responses. This course will also cover the distinctions between interviews and interrogations and provide methods for conducting them effectively.
  • Court Security Officer -10999 (Texas only)
    The purpose of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) approved course for the Court Security Officer class is to give the court security officer a basic understanding of the threats associated with court settings as well as technology and techniques for court security operations in compliance with Government Sec. 158.002.

    To qualify for a Court Security Certificate, an applicant must meet all proficiency requirements per Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 7, Chapter 221, as well as completion of course #10999.

  • Generational Differences for Law Enforcement
    Generational differences influence nearly every facet of your organization, from hiring and recruiting, dealing with change, training, retaining employees, and communication. How can your department better understand these differences and use them in a beneficial way? In this course, learners will examine the four most prominent generational workers, their core values, and how these come into play in the workplace.
  • Civilian Interaction – 30418 (Texas only)
    The Community Safety Education Act (SB30) was designed to educate both law enforcement and civilians of the expectations that drivers, the public, and students should have during contact between officers and motorists. In this course, we will review SB30 along with its updates, the Seven Step Violator Contact Method, the roles and responsibilities of officers during traffic stops, expected behavior from civilians, and even the laws surrounding visual or audio recording of traffic stops.
  • Cryptocurrency Investigation 103: The Criminal Element
    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are quickly becoming a legitimate means of payment in many countries. They offer a relatively fast, inexpensive, and anonymous system of conducting transactions as compared to more traditional financial means. The acceptance of these digital currencies in the mainstream financial system also means that criminals can now easily introduce funds into the legitimate economy with little possibility of identification. Recording these transactions, however, allows law enforcement to track and identify the networks and hubs the currency is flowing through. In this course, learners will examine the criminal element of cryptocurrency as well as how to identify and track the evidence left behind. This is the third course in the Cryptocurrency Investigation series.
  • Cryptocurrency Investigation 104: The Dark Web
    “The dark web is a side of the internet most people do not know exists. Criminals have found the dark web useful, creating and interacting with marketplaces they believe to be undetectable. These marketplaces typically function as a conduit for illicit activity, such as illegal drug trade, weapons trafficking, human trafficking, and others. As criminals become adept at utilizing technology, it becomes urgent and critical for law enforcement to understand the dark web. Illicit activity on the dark web is hard to track down and connect to a suspect. Understanding how dark web marketplaces and cryptocurrencies work together and translate into the physical world is crucial to being able to identify what evidence to look for when investigating criminal activity.”
  • Cryptocurrency Investigation 105: Blockchain Forensics
    In this final course of the Cryptocurrency Investigation series, we will discuss the concept of the Blockchain, a public distributed ledger that keeps track of digital currency transactions, as a dynamic and useful technology. Each coin has its own Blockchain, but the originating Blockchain is the Bitcoin Blockchain. It can be used by law enforcement and other industries in beneficial ways, but in the wrong hands, it can be exploited by criminal enterprises; this can be in a variety of illicit activities such as tax evasion, the distribution of child pornography, trading of illegal weapons, and the sale of narcotics. In this course, learners will be able to better understand the intricacies of Blockchain technology and explore analytical tools for investigating these crimes.

  • Reducing Graffiti in Your Community
    Graffiti, we’ve all seen it. It plagues our cities, leaving taxpayers and law enforcement to clean it up. Serial taggers deface public and private property, leaving law enforcement with the challenge of tracking and stopping these perpetrators. How do we identify and track these offenders? Some departments have graffiti specialists who track and identify common offenders and graffiti related to gangs, but there are additional resources and tools available. In this course, learn about the different types of graffiti, how to identify each type, resolve cases, and seek restitution.

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.

New Year, New Course Topics

PoliceOne Academy has added many new system features and functionality this year, continuing to improve our training management solution for law enforcement agencies. Most recently, we turned our focus to our course library and making it easy for administrators to find exactly what they’re looking to assign to officers. As a result, we’ve re-organized our set of available course topics. Our content development and accreditation teams works hard to ensure we continue to offer the most relevant training topics for the safety and preparation of our officers, as well as provide the best user experience in our learning management solution.

On January 11, 2019, the new categories will go into effect and will be available to administrators in the ‘Topics’ drop-down menu within PoliceOne Academy. Some of the topics will look familiar and will not have changed. There will also be a new set of topics not previously offered. All courses, including any custom courses you may have created within the system specific to your agency, have been moved accordingly to the most appropriate topic.

An added bonus? As we overhauled the categories used across our nearly 3,300 courses at Praetorian Digital, we identified nearly 125 courses that cover highly-requested professional development needs like Human Resources, General Safety, Professional Skills and more, which we’ll be adding to department accounts when we make the change later this month. All courses are in the process of being submitted to the appropriate accrediting bodies for review for possible credit towards license requirements. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

A full mapping of the topic changes are included below for easy reference. You can always contact your Customer Success Manager with any questions you may have as well.

View the topic changes below:

New Topic Old Topic
Active Shooter Active Shooter
Campus Policing Campus Policing
Community Policing Cultural Awareness
Defensive Tactics for Police Defensive Tactics, Defensive Tactics 2015, Subject Control, Crowd Control, Edged Weapons
Dispatch Communications for Police Dispatch Communications
Emergency Response for Police Environmental Crimes, OSHA/FEMA, Responding to Emergencies, Training Series – Compliance
Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP) Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Ethics No Old Topic
EVOC – Law Enforcement EVOC – LE
Federal Law Enforcement No Old Topic
Firearms Training Firearms, Equipment Training
Health and Wellness for Police Fitness & Nutrition
Investigative Skills Investigative Skills, Narcotics Enforcement
Jails and Corrections Corrections
K-9 Behaviors Handling and Training K-9 Behaviors, K-9 Unit Operations
Law Enforcement Technology Internet and Technology in Law Enforcement
Legal No Change
Mass Casualty Incidents for Police No Old Topic
Motivation and Humor No Change
Officer Survival Off-Duty Safety & Survival, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Officer Survival, The Will to Win, Female Officers
P1 Roll Call/Reality Training Real-Life/Reality Video Training
Patrol Fleet Management, Patrol, Tactical Operations, Traffic Stops & Safety, Communication Skills, Leadership
Products and Technology for Police No Old Topic
Pursuit No Change
Report Writing No Change
Security Threat Groups for Police Gangs
Special Considerations No Old Topic
Sponsored Courses for Police No Old Topic
SWAT No Old Topic
Terrorism No Change
Use of Force No Change

[eBook] How to Prepare for Mass Gatherings, Protests & Riots

Mass gatherings can be spontaneous or one-time protest events planned in advance. Whether planned and peaceful or a dangerous attack, law enforcement agencies should have a multitude of response strategies in place to address the various scenarios that can occur. With PoliceOne Academy, we strongly believe that public safety resources are important not only for community reform, but for officer and first responder safety.

Creating an effective training program for your department involves the ability to measure the efficiency of your existing training, seeing what can be improved upon, and maximizing your training efforts by utilizing your annual budget spend. In creating measurable outcomes, your department will be able to offer relevant and practical training to prepare for the many challenges they will face.

PoliceOne Academy is an online training solution for law enforcement agencies, offering over 350 courses and videos on topics ranging from active shooter preparedness to riot control, in a modern learning management system that assigns and tracks training, manages policies and reduces agency liability.

For more information on PoliceOne Academy’s online training solution, click here to schedule a demo.

PoliceOne Academy Now an Approved Training Provider in Maryland

If you’re a law enforcement officer in Maryland looking for online training to meet annual training requirements, you’re in luck! PoliceOne Academy is now an approved provider for Maryland Police Training and Standard Commission. With our recent state approval, officers can now use our online training to take the 4 initial courses* (8 hours) currently available toward the 18 hours of continuing education credit required for annual training. Another 20 courses have been submitted by our Content and Accreditation team for approval.

This recent approval now allows system administrators to assign these courses to their officers to earn in-service credit, reducing the hours needed to be completed off-site or at a remote location.

Click here to view our list of approved Maryland online training courses.

*Additional accredited courses are in the process of being submitted to the state for approval and will be available soon.

[NEW] TCOLE Intermediate Courses Released!

As a training provider for the state of Texas, PoliceOne Academy continues to grow our law enforcement training for departments to meet state requirements and provide courses eligible for TCOLE credit. 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 courses eligible for TCOLE credit offered through PoliceOne Academy.

6 Reasons your Department Should Implement Online Learning

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

For more information on PoliceOne Academy, click here to schedule a demo, email our Customer Success Team or call 866.941.4090 to speak with one of our PoliceOne Academy representatives.

New & Updated Law Enforcement Courses

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?

For more information on PoliceOne Academy, click here to schedule a demo, email our Customer Success Team or call 866.941.4090 to speak with one of our PoliceOne Academy representatives.

Updated Courses Set to Release July 2018

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.

Updated Courses

  • 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.

For more information on PoliceOne Academy, click here to schedule a demo, email our Customer Success Team or call 866.941.4090 to speak with one of our PoliceOne Academy representatives.

5 ways online learning improves roll call training for agencies

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:


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.


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:

  1. Select the personnel who completed the training.
  2. Add the date and time the training was completed.
  3. Submit the record for the credit completed into the LMS.
  4. 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.


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.


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.


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.

PoliceOne Academy platform recognized as finalist in 2018 CODiE Awards

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.

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