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Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

Length: 8 hours

Advanced Search and Seizure is a comprehensive, blended-learning, one-day course focusing on Constitutional concepts related to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments of the United States Constitution. Through the use of scenario-based training, participants will explore the limitations and framework of these amendments utilizing up-to-date case law from the United States Supreme Court along with various persuasive or compelling rulings from federal circuits around the United States. Participants will learn and understand procedures involving various legal principles they must follow from the initial police/citizen encounter to various seizures, searches, and/or interrogations.

The legal issues to be addressed by this course affect law enforcement in a variety of ways. First, the manner in which an officer conducts law enforcement operations may influence the prosecution of offenders. Additionally, the professionalism and credibility of officers and agencies will be scrutinized and challenged where cases are lost due to a technical failure by officers to follow the ever-changing legal requirements. Finally, officers and agencies may face exposure to civil liability where there has been some deviation from the constitutional rules.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all sworn law enforcement personnel, regardless of rank.

Participant Feedback:

“I liked the practical knowledge discussed that we use in the field. Course answered several questions referencing situations I deal with daily.”

"... this is the first legal issue class that I lost track of time and was surprised when the end came. An outstanding class, I recommend this class to all agencies, local, state or federal.”

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction

Length: 16 hours

Evidence-based policing practices (EBPP) hold important implications for modern policing, suggesting that organizational decision making and strategy implementation should be based upon scientific evidence about what works. The growing body of EBPP research should serve as a guide for implementation of new policing strategies, specifically those aimed at reducing homicide and violent crime in our nation’s communities.

Applied Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide and Violent Crime Reduction (HVR) is a comprehensive training program which bridges the gap between research and practice for police managers and decision makers. It is designed to strengthen their capacity to effectively select and engage in evidence-based violence prevention strategies appropriate for their jurisdictions, dependent upon variables such as available resources (staffing, fiscal, time, etc.), community engagement and commitment levels, partnerships, and sustainability.

The 2-day course integrates theoretical and practical foundations of crime prevention, reduction, and deterrence, focusing on current evidence-based practices, ways to implement these practices, and how research can enhance existing practices. Participants will explore numerous examples and case studies and will be guided through the process of implementation at the local level. The program culminates with a workshop that provides participants an opportunity to develop a customized evidence-based crime reduction strategy that they can take back to their respective agencies. Participants should plan to bring and use a laptop with wireless Internet capabilities during this workshop.

Audience:

Law enforcement managers and decision makers, including but not limited to agency heads, directors, command staff, managers, and supervisors in agencies of all sizes.

Participant Feedback:

“Very informative, well-organized, and very thought-provoking.”

“One of the most useful courses I have taken in quite some time. I took a multitude of great ideas out of these two days from both the instructors and my fellow students.“

Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Length: 16 or 24 hours

Since the early 1980s, the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all of its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well-being of our communities as it is today. Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust is a 16-hour, facilitator-led course that explores how change, emerging issues, and threats are necessitating a commitment to the key components of community policing: partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

The course includes an examination of the current state of policing—both locally and nationally— addressing the current and emerging issues that challenge the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and the well-being of the communities they serve. The challenges faced by law enforcement are often part of a “cycle of dysfunction” that left unchecked can have devastating long-term impacts on police practitioners, their agencies, and entire communities.

Throughout the course, participants examine racial profiling–related policy issues, the ineffectiveness of racial profiling in enforcement activities, and the costly impact of racial profiling (real or perceived) on the community. Focusing on ways to achieve legitimacy through a demonstrated commitment to procedural justice, the course encourages participants to develop and employ more functional patrol techniques that increase cooperation from community members, increase efficiency in arrests and seizure activity, and decrease liability associated with complaints.

Community Policing: Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust challenges participants to explore the principles and practices of community policing as a means of achieving the public safety mission with greater efficiency by gaining and maintaining public trust and engaging the community in the shared responsibility of effective policing. This course is offered in either a 2-day format for practitioners or a 3-day format for instructors.

Audience:

This program is ideal for law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public safety professionals, and appropriate stakeholders.

Participant Feedback:

“The instructor is on the cutting edge of changing our current model of policing.”

“The training environment was energetic and we had a great debate toward a common goal of successful police work.”

Community Policing Defined

Community Policing Defined

Community Policing Defined

Community Policing Defined is an interactive online course designed to provide participants with a basic awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles and best practices of community policing. Based on the Department of Justice, COPS Office publication of the same name, Community Policing Defined not only describes the practice of community policing but also examines how it can be effectively applied.

Comprised of four modules, the course explores partnerships, problem solving and organizational transformation as they relate to specific issues and challenges facing today’s law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve. As such it is a valuable and appropriate training opportunity for a wide variety of law enforcement and public-safety professionals, ranging from new hires to experienced personnel, as well as community leaders, business owners and other community stakeholders.

Utilizing a blended learning approach, Community Policing Defined prompts users to actively navigate through the course’s comprehensive content which includes on-screen text, graphics and narration. This design feature allows adult learners the flexibility to determine their own pace and sequence for completing the course. Although Community Policing Defined requires a minimum of 4 hours of uninterrupted run-time, participants should expect to spend between 8 and 12 hours to complete the course.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

Community Policing Essentials

Community Policing Essentials

Community Policing Essentials

Length: 16 hours

For over three decades, the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all of its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well-being of our communities as it is today.

Community Policing Essentials, a two-day course, examines how change, emerging issues, and threats are necessitating a reinvigorated commitment to the key components of community policing: community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving. It explores these key components as they relate to specific issues and challenges facing today's law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve.

Participants will gain awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles and current best practices of community policing, through an examination of a variety of topics, including:

 

  • Implementation of Community-Oriented Policing (COP)
  • Community Engagement, Shared Influence & Priority Setting
  • Tactical and Strategic Considerations
  • Natural Progression from Partnerships to Problem Solving
  • Functional Problem Solving Case Studies
  • Staffing to Achieve COP Goals
  • Centralization as it relates to Function and Decision Making
  • Discretion and Evaluation
  • Expectancy Theory of Motivation in relation to Internal Performance and the Success of COP in the Community

 

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for all law enforcement professionals tasked with addressing crime and quality of life issues in their communities in a thriving community policing environment.

Participant Feedback:

“The instructors were very well prepared and included local case studies for analysis.”

“The instructors engaged the class and created an interactive learning environment. They ensured the material was relatable and practical for application.”

Ethical Decision Making (EDM Online)

Ethical Decision Making (EDM Online)

Ethical Decision Making

Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight (EDM Online) is a thought-provoking eLearn course that explores the practice of decision making and the ethical principles that support effective policing. In one of its most impactful and rewarding endeavors to date, VCPI partnered with the USDOJ, COPS Office to create the Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight program. As part of this larger initiative, EDM Online invites participants to join a 2500 year-old conversation on ethical decision making while exploring realistic, modern-day challenges faced by policing professionals. With public trust, integrity, and liability hinging on each and every decision, stressing police ethics as simply a means of discouraging bad behavior is wholly insufficient. Effective policing requires changing the concept of police ethics from merely an afterthought to a controlling insight that informs and guides police practitioners from an internal, personal capacity.

EDM Online is crafted as a concise and relevant course addressing the realities of policing in the 21st century. Designed with the practitioner in mind, EDM Online includes on-screen text, videos, and narration in a user-friendly eLearn environment that allows participants to start, stop, and resume the training based on their schedules. Although EDM Online requires a minimum of 2 hours of uninterrupted run-time, participants should expect to spend approximately 4 hours completing this dynamic and timely course.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

New Perspectives on Community Policing

New Perspectives on Community Policing

New Perspectives on Community Policing

For over three decades, the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all of its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well-being of our communities as it is today. New Perspectives on Community Policing is a web-based training course that examines how change, emerging issues, and threats are necessitating a reinvigorated commitment to the key components of community policing: community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

The course introduces this new perspective on community policing and offers an overview of the dramatic shifts and challenges that are faced by law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. New Perspectives on Community Policing also offers problem-solving tools, examples of successful police and community partnerships, and numerous community-policing resources.

New Perspectives on Community Policing has been developed as a modular online training that will require an absolute minimum of 4 hours to complete. However its technology-enhanced design allows participants to start, stop, and resume the training based on their schedules and the demands of the day.

Flexible, interactive, and relevant, the course offers participants an outstanding opportunity to gain new insights on community policing and its role in today’s complex world.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Ethical Decision Making

Length: 16 or 24 hours

In the policing profession, public trust, integrity, and liability are constantly on the line. Often the difference between effective community policing and the failure of an agency’s public-safety mission is determined by the decisions of individual officers. With so much at stake, effective policing requires changing the concept of police ethics from an after-thought to a controlling insight that informs and guides police practitioners. The Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making (PPI:EDM) program helps policing professionals make this shift.

PPI:EDM is a training program that equips officers of all ranks and assignments with the skills, processes, and controlling insights that encourage ethically sound and principle-based decision making.

PPI:EDM explores police ethics, the development of moral reasoning and the science of decision making in today’s complicated world of policing. As part of the program, officers create their own Police Ethical Navigator (PEN) that serves as a unique take-home tool that helps integrate ethical decision making into officers’ everyday roles and responsibilities, in routine and crisis situations, and when no one else is watching.

This course can also be offered in a 3-day Instructor Development Program format, upon request.

Audience:

This program is geared towards law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public-safety professionals, and appropriate stakeholders.

Participant Feedback:

“Provided new methods to identify ways to both keep myself centered on my ethics and ability to bring troops in line.”

“In 25 plus years of law enforcement (military-10; civilian-15) this was one of the most thought provoking courses I've ever taken!”

“Excellent course; well instructed; great insight and great information to build forward on.“

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Length: 16 hours

For over three decades, the key components of community policing – community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving – have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all of its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well-being of our communities as it is today.

Problem Solving is a 2-day course designed to create direct, positive impact for public-safety organizations and their personnel by encouraging a renewed understanding and application of community policing concepts. It provides a strong foundation for improving efficiency and effectiveness in daily policing duties, which in turn builds confidence and trust between agencies and the communities they serve.

Through a series of interactive presentations and discussions, participants will gain contemporary insight, information and resources to guide them towards better serving their communities. The course culminates in a comprehensive problem-solving exercise in which participants will immediately apply their knowledge to current issues they are facing in their own communities. The exercise provides the opportunity for creative idea sharing, and allows participants to build upon their own problem-solving plans.

Audience:

This program has been developed with the realization that all communities and organizations, as well as their respective crime problems and quality-of-life issues, and the range of potential solutions through which to address them, are different and unique. As such, it is ideal for patrol level officers and their supervisors from agencies of all sizes and demographics interested in better serving their communities through problem solving.

Participant Feedback:

“I like that both instructors were knowledgeable and charismatic. Both instructors taught us what the topic actually meant and showed us ways to implement the training.”

“The use of personal success stories provided by the instructor. Those let us know that these goals are attainable and that community policing has been and continues to be successful.”

“Good application of real world projects as examples of discussion topics.”

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Length: 16 or 24 hours

Too often, shattering images of tragic events, violent attacks and bombings are what many think of when considering homeland security and terrorism. Yet, effective homeland security looks nothing like those terrifying images and instead is the picture of law enforcement and communities working in partnership to be vigilant, resilient, and strong. At its core, effective homeland security is the proactive and tactical practice of community policing. Based on this simple but powerful premise, Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security delves into the merits of community policing as a means of thwarting and strategically interdicting terrorism. This 2-day course explores Community Partnerships; Practical Problem Solving Strategies; Proactive Prevention, Intervention and Interdiction Strategies; and Values Based Policing in the Climate of Terrorism.

This course can also be offered in a 3-day Instructor Development Program format upon request.

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for all law enforcement professionals regardless of rank or assignment, who work in a thriving community policing environment.

Participant Feedback:

“This program takes worldwide, large scale, terrorist attack ideology and translates it to small town USA, changing the way law enforcement thinks. All good information.”

“The professionalism was phenomenal, remarkable. Great group of instructors. Very knowledgeable. They made learning and keeping your interest the top of their game. The time flew by.”

“Terrorism and community policing – two concepts I know, but never put together. It was interesting how this class combined the two and it makes sense!”

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security (TCPHS Online)

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security (TCPHS Online)

TCPHS Online

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security (TCPHS Online) focuses on strengthening the capacity of law enforcement agencies to implement an all-crimes approach, based on community policing principles. The fundamental premise is that terrorism and community policing are both philosophical approaches aimed at influencing civilian populations. Whereas terrorism seeks to inspire fear and coerce civilian populations into submission, community policing aims to preserve order, diminish fear, and build resilience.

Throughout this eLearn course, participants explore the following topics:

 

  • Community Partnerships
  • Practical Problem Solving Strategies
  • Proactive Prevention, Intervention and Interdiction Strategies
  • Values Based Policing in the Climate of Terrorism

 

TCPHS Online is crafted as a concise and relevant eLearn course addressing the realities of policing in the 21st century. Designed with the practitioner in mind, the course includes on-screen text, videos, and narration in a user-friendly eLearn environment that allows participants to start, stop, and resume the training based on their schedules. Although it requires a minimum of 2 hours of uninterrupted run-time, participants should expect to spend approximately 4 hours completing this dynamic and timely course.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, as well as any community-policing stakeholders.

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