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Assign These New Courses to Your Personnel
Recently, PoliceOne Academy released new law enforcement courses and videos for you to assign to your officers. These new courses touch on a variety of topics – from Public Recording of Police Activities to Opioid Crisis: Protecting Our First Responders. With the increased demand for relevant law enforcement course topics and training resources, PoliceOne Academy’s content and accreditation team works diligently to build course content that your department can use to properly train personnel and ensure that they maintain compliance.
List of New Courses
- Interacting with the Mentally Ill as a First Responder
- Opioid Crisis: Protecting Our First Responders
- Public Recording of Police Activities
- Yoga for First Responders
In recent years, stalkers have taken advantage of the anonymity of the Internet to commit crimes. This has added a new dimension because it is difficult for victims of cyberstalking, as well as law enforcement, to discern the identity of the stalker. Cyberstalking makes the fear more palpable and prosecution more challenging. This course will discuss the basics, relevant laws, challenges, and practical solutions for cyberstalking cases.
With the increased number of cases in the mental health population as well as greater mental instability within the general public, dealing with the mentally ill has become a common occurrence for first responders. Often lacking is a strong knowledge base and proper tools and techniques for how to handle and interact with these individuals safely and effectively. Proper identification and understanding of the major mental disorders are essential. Additionally, being able to identify the various classes of psychiatric medications and their uses will help the first responder in the identification of the type of mental illness as well as guide his or her interaction.
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.
First responders serving in emergency response can experience physical health issues which range from chronic pain to difficulty sleeping. They are also at risk for post-traumatic stress and are routinely challenged to perform high-stress situations. Yoga practice is effective for reducing the impact of stress experienced by emergency personnel and increasing resiliency to support improved performance in crisis situations. This course explains the scientific basis for yoga practice to support emergency personnel and provides introductory yoga practices appropriate for any first responder. No experience is necessary and flexibility is not a requirement. Although most people associate yoga with poses, this course highlights the most important and beneficial aspect, tactical breath work. This course will allow you to experience yoga practice and consider what types of yoga may be a good fit for a personal yoga practice. Also included are strategies for incorporating yoga in emergency personnel units.
Short Video Courses
- Hunter vs. Helper
- Implicit Bias Relating to Officers
- Mass Casualty, Natural Disaster Standards
- Overall Officer Wellness Related to Safety
- Reality Training: Opioid Overdose Symptoms
- Reality Training: Video Recordings Impact on Law Enforcement: Part 1
- Surviving an Ambush 2
- Surviving an Ambush 3
- The Science Behind Implicit Bias
The PoliceOne Academy content and accreditation teams have made a collaborative effort this year to evaluate the latest trends and topics in law enforcement online training to help build a more in-depth training library for law enforcement personnel. With the feedback provided by our valuable clients, we’ve made the necessary changes to older courses, while continuing to add new and original content to our learning management platform.
On December 31, 2017, we will be retiring older versions of course content, with new versions going live on January 1, 2018. To ensure that you and/or your personnel have completed course requirements before they are either removed or updated, please review the list below to see what has changed.
- Active Shooter: Phases and Prevention
- Best Practices In Dangerous Canine Encounters
- Law Enforcement Interaction With Canines
- De-Escalation and Minimizing Use of Force
- Dispatcher Specialized Call Types (Missing Persons/Sexual Exploitation)
- Dispatcher: Stress Management
- Hate Crimes Training For Law Enforcement
- Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Responding to People with Mental Illness
- Understanding and Responding to Excited Delirium Calls
- Recognition Of Child Abuse Or Neglect
- Racial Profiling Part 1
- Racial Profiling Part 2: Data Collection
- Procedural Justice
- Constitutional Law
- Constitutional and Community Policing
- LGBIT Issues is now The LGBTQ Community
- What is Domestic Violence? Defining Domestic Violence is now Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence
- Law Enforce Incidents and Encounter with Canines
If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact your Customer Success representative.
Now that your department has an online learning solution, here’s how to make sure it gets used
Every first responder knows that not all training is dynamic, hands-on work. Before (and often, after) engaging in reality-based scenario training, driver training, defensive tactics and other topics, there is
a considerable amount of time spent in a classroom, watching an instructor read a PowerPoint presentation.
The fact is, most of these learning sessions can easily be taken from a classroom lecture and conducted
online in a robust learning management system. This can save a police department time and money and improve the quality of the learner’s experience. Because of these savings, many departments are moving toward adoption of an online learning management system.
However, some end users resist the change. How does a training manager for a police department influence personnel to engage in the online system? Here are six proven suggestions:
1) Identify a superuser who can influence stragglers
Select an evangelist for online learning. Ideally, this is a line-level police officer who has the respect of his or her peers and has received robust training in how the system works. An evangelist believes in the value of the LMS the department has selected to implement and the benefits to individual learners. This superuser can help other individuals who have questions about everything, from navigating the user interface to accessing the most compelling content in a proactive and self-guided manner.
2) Assign courses and hold personnel accountable
Pre-determine specific assignments for the quarter or year and use automated reminders that prompt end users about deadlines and training requirements. If users are allowed to simply log on to an LMS when they have time, there is a high probability they will be scrolling a social media site instead, and their raining will go unfinished. When officers are required to complete a task, they do it, even begrudgingly.
Start by assigning courses that are most likely to engage users with the training system. A recently created course on officer-down response, mass gathering safety or active-shooter tactics is more likely to make a positive first impression. Save the annual mandatory courses like bloodborne pathogens or slip and fall prevention for when personnel are more familiar with the training system and better understand its purpose.
3) Make LMS content part of the daily “routine”
Create an “every day is a training day” culture in your police department by assigning a short video each day for review during briefing. Five-minute videos can consist of a subject matter expert speaking direct to camera about a specific incident or a general concept. Videos can be scenario-based training or even real-world footage of a recent event.
Another way to create this everyday training mindset is to use the LMS to distribute memos from command staff — important documents like policies, SOPs, general order updates, incident debriefs and AG directives which are required to be read by all personnel across all public safety disciplines — in the online learning platform. Replace the old-school and ineffective practice of posting paper memos to a bulletin board or handing out at briefing by allowing personnel to read documents online. This also allows the agency to track that the messages and documents have been read. The receipt and reading of the document is recorded in an individual’s training files. This can help agencies to prove compliance on high-liability training which is required to be documented in a centralized environment.
4) Have trainers create their own custom content
Get the training cadre to add their own custom-made and blended learning curricula into the LMS platform. Remember that the LMS can also be used to track offline or classroom training records.
Off-the-shelf courses certainly have tremendous value, but public safety personnel tend to respond even better to training content that is unique to their jurisdiction or agency. Trainers who are able to design curricula with video of scenarios captured at recognizable places in town will have a more realistic training experience.
For example, if an agency is going to present training on how to self-apply a tourniquet with the officer’s non-dominant hand, the trainer could require that a video he or she had recorded on the topic be viewed online before the hands-on practice and competency assessment session. Record the video at a location
in the jurisdiction that is well-known to the officers, increasing the value of the segment.
When the officers arrive at training, that portion of the instruction has already been completed, and the learners can immediately get to work practicing that skill. In addition to saving time in the mattroom or training room, this practice encourages use of the LMS platform, and makes the end user’s experience better.
5) Train the training cadre on how to use templates for easy upload of their course assets
Don’t forget your training cadre. It is vital that the trainers be given specialized and detailed training in how to utilize the system. The better the training staff is at getting custom content into the system, the more content they will produce, thus increasing the value of the platform for the end user.
6) Encourage the training staff to have patience with the process
Just like any other change in policies and procedures, there will be individuals who enthusiastically embrace the new way of doing things. However, at least at first, there will be people who resist change and refuse — to the extent possible — to use the system. There may be a small percentage of people who complain about the new system all the way to retirement.
Training staff must not get disheartened and discontinue their work in assigning existing courses as well as creating new training content. In time, the stragglers will come around.
Recognize also that there will also be large group of personnel who are willing to use the system, but just need some direction in to get started. Don’t lose focus on the primary goal — more and better training — because of a small percentage of grumblers and foot-draggers. Focus on the majority of personnel who are willing to make the change with leadership and encouragement from the training cadre.
An online learning management system can help make any police department’s training program more effective and efficient. Remember, bring in a superuser early to gain support and maximize the use of the available feature functionality, like building your own courses. These things, along with creating that “every day is a training day” mentality, can ensure your agency sees strong utilization.