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Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Relating to Racial Profiling

Length: 20 to 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. The Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust Instructor Development Program is a 20 to 24-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 instructor development program 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 program, 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 curriculum 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.

Audience:

This instructor development program is geared toward law enforcement trainers, criminal justice and public safety professionals, and appropriate stakeholders with experience instructing as well as implementing community policing initiatives. These instructors will receive comprehensive instructional materials, lesson plans, and resources in order to provide the training to law enforcement practitioners and appropriate stakeholders within their own organization.

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.”

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 and trainers 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.”

 

 

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Policing with Principled Insight: Ethical Decision Making

Ethical Decision Making

Length: 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 nationwide 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, the science of decision making and helps officers create their own Police Ethical Navigator (PEN) that serves as a unique take-home tool. Offered as a 3-day Instructor Development Program (IDP), this course is ideal for law enforcement trainers tasked with preparing their agencies’ personnel to incorporate ethically sound decision making into their daily lives.

PPI:EDM is designed to allow participating trainers to take comprehensive PPI:EDM presentation materials back to their own agencies and provide instruction in formats suitable to their agencies' needs (during in-service programs, squad training sessions, roll-call, etc.).

Audience:

Ideal candidates include law enforcement officers/trainers with, at a minimum:

 

  • basic knowledge of ethics;
  • instructional experience; and
  • current training responsibilities within their agency or academy.

 

Participant Feedback:

“Great class, new method of thinking about a topic that usually is not a popular topic.”

“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.“

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

Length: 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 3-day Instructor Development Program (IDP) explores Community Partnerships; Practical Problem Solving Strategies; Proactive Prevention, Intervention and Interdiction Strategies; and Values Based Policing in the Climate of Terrorism.

It is designed for law enforcement trainers tasked with preparing local officers to effectively engage in homeland security activities in a thriving community policing environment.

Designed as a train-the-trainer program, participating trainers will leave the class prepared to train others and will receive comprehensive instructional materials designed in a flexible, modular format to be presented during local in-service programs, squad training sessions, or even at roll-call.

Audience:

Ideal candidates include law enforcement officers/trainers with, at a minimum:

 

  • basic knowledge of community policing;
  • basic knowledge of counter terrorism measures;
  • instructional experience; and
  • current training responsibilities within their agency or academy.

 

Participant Feedback:

"I reviewed the manual further after our classroom adventure and I can say it's so easy to teach from. I work in our academy and this is something hopefully we plan on implementing some of the modules in future academy recruit classes.......... the Instructors were impeccable."

“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.”

“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!”

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

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.

Audience:

Concepts covered in this IDP are applicable for trainers of 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.”

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