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