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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

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:

This course is ideal for 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."

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED

Length: 8 hours

This 8-hour program provides participants with a better understanding of the relationship between the physical environment and opportunities for crime. Specifically, it examines how decisions regarding land use, site or streetscape design, building design, or neighborhood improvement can create a safer environment.

Participants will learn the basic principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and discover planning programs and projects that have successfully reduced or eliminated crime. The course includes case studies and a site visit as examples of CPTED in action.

The training provides an overview of the following topics:

 

  • crime and prevention
  • safe and unsafe surroundings
  • the history and theory of CPTED
  • basic CPTED principles
  • target hardening
  • landscaping and maintenance
  • lighting for safety
  • community planning
  • site plan review and assessments
  • implementing CPTED and identifying resources

 

Audience:

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

Participant Feedback:

“Good class, great instructor. I highly recommend this course for any officer.”

“I learned a great deal about environmental design and how crime prevention plays an important role.”

“The class was an appropriate overview of CPTED without going too far into the weeds. I liked the pictures that showed the learning points. I liked the practical exercise as well.”

Judicial Security Specialist Development Program

Judicial Security Specialist Development Program

Judicial Security Specialist Development Program

Length: 16 hours

Nationally, threats against judicial personnel have quadrupled in the last decade. The judges themselves are not the only ones in danger. Judges’ families are also being targeted as a direct threatening tactic and more attacks are occurring in the judges’ homes. Creating awareness and providing resources is critical to securing the judiciary and their families.

In response, VCPI’s Judicial Security Specialist Development Program (JSSDP) prepares participants to enhance the safety of judicial officials, their families, and other judicial staff. This 2-day course covers a wide variety of topics related to the foundations of judicial security and will prepare deputies to engage in long-term, sustainable and effective partnerships with judicial personnel in their efforts to secure their own safety and the safety of their families.

Participants will:

Explore insights on current judicial security practices, challenges, and opportunities.

Discover new tools, concepts, and principles that may be applied in order to improve the effectiveness of judicial security.

Apply newly learned content into action, training others, and helping officials adopt a security conscientious approach at work, travel, and home.

Participants will receive resource guides which deputies and other court security personnel can utilize to educate fellow deputies, judicial staff and their families at the local level. The course incorporates web-based learning tools so participants are required to bring a WIFI-enabled device to use during class (laptop, tablet, etc.).

Audience:

Ideal candidates are law enforcement professionals who are primarily assigned to court security or related functions.

Participant Feedback:

“Excellent thought-provoking curriculum which deals with real world potential needs and events while providing great resources to consider when development plans to deal with these contingencies.”

“Very good instructor - showed great knowledge and passion. Developed good rapport with students. Course material was well-designed.”

Law Enforcement Response to Active Shooter

Law Enforcement Response to Active Shooter

Law Enforcement Response to Active Shooter

Length: 8 or 24 hours

This is a three-day, highly interactive course which focuses on tactical and procedural elements of law enforcement response to active shooter incidents. The course is designed to apply the tactical and procedural elements of active shooter response to multiple environments. Through lecture, class discussion, practical exercises and scenarios using sim-unitions training and/or range “shoot house” training, participants will identify and utilize techniques and tactics to respond effectively to an active shooter incident to locate, isolate, contain or eliminate the threat and conduct evacuation of innocent bystanders.

Course objectives include the following:

  • Define the terms Active Shooter and Rapid Deployment and be able to make a decision whether a traditional response or rapid deployment is needed.
  • Identify the lessons learned from court/school shootings and work place violence.
  • Develop a contact/rescue team and utilize tactics to approach, enter the facility and perform a room entry to locate, isolate, contain or eliminate the threat from the active shooter and as it relates to the officer’s role on the Critical Incident Team.
  • Understand the importance of team work, communications, command and control, the role of police, schools, fire rescue, other law enforcement agencies and the media in an active shooter incident.

This course can also be offered in a one-day refresher format, based on an agency's needs.

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for all law enforcement professionals regardless of rank or assignment.

Participant Feedback:

"This training was very informative. Excellent delivery of presentation."

"The course materials and role playing were great. This information will help me in my position."

"The instructor was very knowledgeable and got a lot of information out in a short period of time."

Providing Executive/Dignitary Protection

Providing Executive/Dignitary Protection

Providing Executive/Dignitary Protection

Length: 24 to 32 hours

This course provides law enforcement officers with the essential elements of evaluating, planning, and conducting an executive protection operation. Emphasis is placed on proactive approaches to each element, including theory, functionality, locality, and team composition.

Participants will learn concepts which include: route analysis, motorcade operations and foot formations, firearms fundamentals while protecting a principal and advance operational planning to include scheduled routes, arrival/departures to and from visit sites, and high and low profile operations. The course includes analysis of attack case studies and practical exercises covering all key aspects of executive protection operations. Course techniques and methods have been taught to members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Instructors include personal protection specialist (PPS) agents and a protective detail leader.

This course may be offered in either three-day or four-day formats depending upon an agency’s training needs.

Equipment: Participants must bring business attire for practical exercises and their own vehicles.

Audience: Participants must be certified law enforcement officers able to provide current credentials upon request.

Participant Feedback:

"The content was thorough and well thought-out, with a good mix of classroom and practical learning scenarios."

"The instructor was passionate, prepared, and very effective in providing essential information needed in planning and conducting dignitary protection."

Residential Threat Assessments

Residential Threat Assessments

Residential Threat Assessments

Length: 24 hours

Incidents of violence against the judicial system are not limited to the courtroom. Judges are often the targets of those angry with the system and the outcome of their cases. More and more, judges are requesting residential security assessments in an effort to protect themselves and their families. Are you prepared to respond to such a request?

This 3-day interactive course will train courthouse security officers, deputies and other law enforcement personnel in a systems approach to applying residential security and personal safety concepts for high profile courthouse personnel.

Topics covered include:

 

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • Target Hardening - Residential Hardware
  • Security Lighting
  • Writing an Assessment Report

 

Participants will be asked to be critical of their own personal security, and to arrive for the training with photos of their personal residence for a session on "How Secure is Your House?".

The course centers around an on-site exercise in which teams of participants will conduct a threat assessment of a local residence, followed by a class presentation of their findings and recommendations.

Audience:

This training is ideal for any law enforcement officer who, in the course of their duties, may receive a request from a judge to conduct a residential assessment, or who is responsible for maintaining security of courthouses and courthouse staff, including judges.

Participant Feedback:

“Very enlightening”

“Excellent instructors, extremely well prepared, and organized.”

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

Violence Interdiction

Length: 16 hours

For law enforcement professionals, interdiction is often associated with a “no-nonsense, we-mean-business” approach to high-profile issues that threaten public safety such as illicit drugs, human trafficking and terrorism. Yet the escalating cycles of violence that law enforcement in our nation’s communities deal with on a daily basis are rarely addressed with the same tough, interdiction mind-set. VCPI’s Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict changes that.

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict is an innovative, 2-day course designed to equip law enforcement professionals with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to tackle escalating violence through a proactive and tough interdiction approach based on crime prevention principles. Through interactive discussions, participants will explore conflict, threat assessment, potential resolution strategies, violence prevention, intelligence gathering, and a variety of policing tools to navigate the interdiction process.

This training shatters the notion that law enforcement is limited to responding to conflict only after it has escalated to violence. Instead, it highlights and examines the opportunities that law enforcement has to intervene prior to escalation and delineates the tangible steps to identify, assess and manage threats that may help prevent violence from occurring at all.

This course can be offered in an Instructor Development Program (train-the-trainer) format, upon request.

Audience:

Concepts covered in this course are applicable for all criminal justice disciplines, including law enforcement patrol, crime prevention specialists, corrections, probation and parole, courts and more.

Participant Feedback:

“I liked the course because it gave credibility to things that we do on a daily basis.”

“Excellent course, very informative. Instructors were great. I learned a lot and believe this course will be very beneficial in furthering my knowledge and career.”

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict (VI Online)

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict (VI Online)

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict (VI Online)

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict (VI Online) is an innovative eLearn course that equips law enforcement with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to tackle escalating violence through a proactive and tough interdiction approach. Based on crime prevention principles, VI Online shatters the notion that law enforcement is limited to responding to conflict only after it has escalated to violence. Instead, this web-based course highlights the opportunities that law enforcement and criminal justice professionals have to intervene prior to escalation.

The course explores a variety of strategies that help mitigate conflict and examines the steps to identify, assess and manage threats in ways that may prevent violence from occurring at all.

VI Online is a modular, technology-enhanced training that includes on-screen text, graphics, and narration in an interactive and user friendly eLearn environment. Designed with the criminal justice practitioner in mind, VI Online allows participants to start, stop, and resume the training based on their schedules and the demands of the day. Although VI Online requires a minimum of 4 hours of uninterrupted run-time, participants should expect to spend between 8 and 12 hours to complete this comprehensive, dynamic, and timely course.

Audience:

Concepts covered in this course are applicable for all criminal justice disciplines, including law enforcement patrol, crime prevention specialists, corrections, probation and parole, courts and more.

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